Vancouver City Council has approved a new Renewable City Strategy to shift to 100 per cent renewable energy by 2050 or sooner. As a recognized world-class city in terms of innovation and clean electricity usage, Vancouver is the first major city in North America to approve 100 per cent renewable energy strategy.
“Vancouver creates enormous economic opportunity by shifting to 100 per cent renewable energy and leading the world’s cities on climate change,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson.
“With a pragmatic approach to buildings and transportation, we eliminate our reliance on fossil fuels and make Vancouver a cleaner, healthier, and more resilient city.”
The 100 per cent renewable energy strategy approved by Council is based on three key principles:
- Reduce energy use
- Increase the use of renewable energy
- Increase the supply of renewable energy
Currently, more than 30 per cent of Vancouver’s energy comes from renewable sources. The city’s major energy use and resulting greenhouse gas emissions are primarily from buildings and transportation.