Vancouver climate action delivers carbon reduction and economic growth

A recent update on Vancouver’s Greenest City Action Plan revealed that the city has achieved a four percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions since 2007, while its economy and population both grew significantly.

“Cities around the world are grappling with the effects of climate change, and in Vancouver we’re proving that you can have a strong, healthy economy while reducing carbon pollution,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson.

“The climate crisis is a daunting global challenge and Vancouver’s leadership shows other cities what can be achieved, so it’s crucial that we keep raising the bar.”

Vancouver – one of C40’s newest member cities – is committed to tracking the progress and measuring the results of its local climate action – and the latest numbers are impressive:

  • Reduction of total solid waste going to the landfill or incinerator by 11 per cent since 2008 
  • 10 per cent growth in transportation mode share by walk, bike and transit since 2007 from 40 per cent to 44 per cent of all trips 
  • Overall water consumption reduced by 16 per cent from 2006 levels 
  • Planted 12,513 new trees in 2012

But the city is not resting on its laurels. Instead, it is pointing to the significant work ahead that is necessary to achieve the ambitious targets in its Greenest City Action Plan. From local food production and security to green transportation, access to nature and a lighter footprint, the Plan calls for local and international leadership.

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