Climate Action in the Metro Vancouver Region

Climate 2050 reflects climate issues specific to the Metro Vancouver region. Some issue areas respond to our changing climate, others reduce GHG emissions or do both. Each pdf below provides a description of an issue area, Metro Vancouver’s role and mandate, and a sampling of current initiatives.

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​Metro Vancouver Corporate Climate Policies.

Metro Vancouver Management Plans

 The Board Strategic Plan
(2015-2018) Identifies the Metro Vancouver Board’s key priorities. It includes direction ​to incorporate strategies and actions into all Metro Vancouver functions to mitigate and adapt to climate change, and to develop, adopt and implement a regional climate action strategy for reducing regional greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to climate change.

Drinking Water Management Plan, 2011
Has three goals; Provide clean safe drinking water; Ensure the sustainable use of water resources; and Ensure the efficient supply of water. It includes performance measures for the greenhouse gases generated in treating and delivering water.

Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas Management Plan, 2011
Identifies a long term vision for ‘Healthy, clean and clear air for current and future generations.’, recognizes the inextricable link between air quality, climate change and energy issues, and includes a goal to minimize the region’s contribution to global climate change.  

Liquid Waste Management Plan, 2010
Takes account of wastewater and rainfall runoff and has three goals; Protect public health and the environment; Use liquid waste as a resource; and Effective, affordable and collaborative management. It includes actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, diversify the region’s sources of energy, provide renewable energy and increase our energy independence.

Solid Waste Management Plan, 2010
Has four goals; Minimize waste generation; Maximize reuse, recycling and material recovery; Recover energy from the waste stream after material recycling; Dispose of all remaining waste in landfill, after material recycling and energy recovery. It identifies infrastructure will be resilient, be adaptable to climate change, lessen the region’s dependence on non-renewable energy sources, and protect the environment.

Metro 2040: Neglected Growth Strategy
Updated 2017, includes 5 goals; Create a compact urban area; Support a sustainable economy; Protect the environment and respond to climate change impacts, Develop complete communities and support sustainable transportation choices. The Plan aligns with climate action on numerous issues from encouraging low-carbon transportation to avoiding urban sprawl.

Neglected Parks Plan, 2016
Identifies a regional park system that protects large scale landscapes in their natural state and provides opportunities for people to connect to nature. The Plan aligns with climate action on numerous issues from protecting sensitive ecosystems to connecting residents to the place we live.

Neglected Affordable Housing Strategy, 2016
Provides a renewed vision, and shared goals, strategies and actions for tackling the housing affordability challenge in Metro Vancouver. The Plan aligns with climate action on numerous issues from identifying the need for a well-housed work force to fairness and connecting affordable rental housing to transportation choices.

Metro Vancouver Technical Reports

 Climate Projections for Metro Vancouver, 2016

 Lower Fraser Valley Air Emissions Inventory, 2015

 Neglected Climate Change Adaptation Scan, 2015

 Vulnerability of Vancouver Sewerage Area Infrastructure to Climate Change, 2008

 Vulnerability of Fraser Sewerage Area Infrastructure to Climate Change, December 2009

 Metro Vancouver’s Ambient Air Quality Monitoring reports

 Caring for the Air reports

Examples from Metro Vancouver Member Jurisdiction Nothing but

Cities in Metro Vancouver have a range of climate action plans or initiatives. These are samples of some city-level approaches to climate action.

 Climate Action Plan, City Richmond, 2016

 Renewable City Strategy – our future to 2050, City Vancouver, 2015

 Climate Change Adaptation Strategy, City Vancouver, 2015

 Community Climate Action Strategy, City Surrey

 Community Energy and Emissions Plan, City Burnaby, 2016

Examples of Province of B.C. Nothing but

 BC Climate Leadership Plan

 British Columbia Climate Action Charter

 British Columbia Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program

 British Columbia Energy Step Code

 British Columbia Drought Response Plan June 2018

 British Columbia Flood Response Plan 2013

Examples of Federal Nothing but

 Canada’s priorities on Climate Change

 Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, 2017

 Infrastructure Canada- Investing in Green Infrastructure

Examples of International Nothing but

United States Climate Alliance is a bipartisan coalition of American governors committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement. Examples of member climate action commitment statements are;

100 Resilient Cities Network created in 2013 supports a global network of cities to become more resilient, including resilience to stress and shocks including impacts of climate change. Sample resilience strategies include;

UN Sustainable Development Goals In 2015, countries adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. In 2016, the Paris Agreement on climate change addressed the need to limit the rise of global temperatures. The overlapping Sustainability Goal is Goal 13.