Helping you conserve energy and making your home healthier and more comfortable
We live, work and play in buildings. How they are built has a direct impact on our health and well-being. That’s why we’re going to make buildings work better for people all over B.C.
New CleanBC programs and rebates will help turn buildings all over the province into lower polluting, warmer, more comfortable and healthier spaces. CleanBC will help us move forward to a future where buildings produce no polluting emissions at all.
- Make every building more efficient by improving the BC Building Code and increasing efficiency standards – until every new building is “net-zero energy ready” by the year 2032
- Make residential and commercial natural gas consumption cleaner by putting in place a minimum requirement of 15% to come from renewable gas
Support for home energy retrofits
- Rebates to make heat pumps more affordable and homes more energy-efficient
- Upgrade B.C.’s stock of public housing so residents, many of whom are low-income families or seniors, can live in a more energy-efficient, healthier, and comfortable home
Support for communities
- Help remote communities reduce dependence on diesel for electricity
- Support public infrastructure efficiency upgrades and fuel-switching to biofuels
You may be eligible for up to $3,000 to convert your home heating to heat pumps. Find out how you can lower the cost of energy-saving upgrades.
By 2032, every new building in B.C. will have an ultra-efficient, net-zero energy ready design.
Learn more about funding and capital incentives to encourage energy efficient design, construction and renovation of commercial buildings.
Reducing pollution from industry
B.C. accounts for nearly 35% of Canada’s clean tech firms.
Making B.C. industries the cleanest in the world by to support good jobs, be more efficient, and use cleaner energy
Along with our actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, CleanBC provides an effective blueprint to grow our economy. The low-carbon economy we’re moving to will bring opportunities across the province, so people can continue to live and work in the communities they call home.
As industry continues to work with the clean tech sector to develop innovative solutions that reduce emissions, we can market our products, services, and technology to a world that is increasingly demanding clean, low-carbon solutions.
Ramp up the CleanBC program for industry
- Direct a portion of B.C.’s carbon tax paid by industry into incentives for cleaner operations and projects that will reduce emissions
Improve air quality by cutting air pollution
- Reduce emissions from short-haul trucking and the transport of goods
Reduce methane emissions from Natural Gas development
- Reduce methane emissions from upstream oil and gas operations by 45%
- Provide clean electricity to planned natural gas production in the Peace region
- Increase access to clean electricity for large industrial operations
Carbon Capture and Storage
- Develop a regulatory framework for safe and effective underground CO2 storage and direct air capture
Cleaner fuels for industry
- Make industrial natural gas consumption cleaner with a minimum 15% to come from renewable gas
Making electric cars more affordable, investing in charging stations, and shifting to renewable fuels
We’re moving to a future where new vehicles produce no air pollution at all. To get there faster, we are helping people afford cleaner cars and save money on fuel with point of sale rebates, and making it easier to charge or fuel them.
We’re speeding up the switch to cleaner fuels at the gas pump. And building new, cleaner transportation technology and infrastructure means new economic opportunities and less time in gridlock, which is good for families and businesses.
Speed up the switch to cleaner fuels
- Make our fuel cleaner by increasing the low carbon fuel standard to 20% by 2030 and increasing the supply of renewable transportation fuels
- Make vehicles run cleaner by increasing tailpipe emissions standards for vehicles sold after 2025
Bring down the price of clean vehicles
- Just over 20 years from now, every new car sold in B.C. will be a zero-emission vehicle (ZEV)
- Help people to afford cleaner cars, and save money on gasoline, with rebates for electric vehicles
- Make it easier to charge or fuel an electric vehicle
We’re making sure more people are able to afford to purchase a zero emission vehicle. You may be eligible for up to $8,000 in provincial and federal rebates upon purchase of a new electric or plug-in hybrid electric car.
By 2040, every new car sold in B.C. will be a zero-emission vehicle.
Learn more about BC’s strategy for cleaner, more active transportation.
Reducing emissions from waste
By 2030, 95% of organic waste will be diverted from landfills and turned into renewable resources.
Learn more about our proposed steps to reduce plastic waste.
Diverting waste from landfills and reducing polluting emissions
Industries and homes generate tonnes of garbage that pollute B.C.’s air, water, and land. And when food and organic waste is sent to landfills to decompose, methane gas is created. This is bad news for B.C.’s environment.
We’re reducing organic waste and making better use of it by converting it into renewable resources that can be used as cleaner sources of energy to heat our homes and power transportation.
Reduce waste and turn it into a clean resource
- Help communities to achieve 95% organic waste diversion for agricultural, industrial, and municipal waste – including systems in place to capture 75% of landfill gas
- Waste less and make better use of waste across all sectors of our economy, like forestry, agriculture, and residential areas
Clean energy jobs
Making B.C. cleaner will create good jobs that support families and sustain our communities
Whether it’s generating clean energy, retrofitting buildings or designing new technologies, making B.C. cleaner will create good jobs that support families and sustain our communities. We need new skilled workers, and new skills to equip those already at work across the province.
We’re training people to get the skills they need to work in good-paying, clean-economy jobs – today and into the future.
Develop a CleanBC Jobs Readiness Plan to prepare for CleanBC career opportunities
- Identify where additional support may be needed for lower income students, and tailored to meet the needs of Indigenous peoples, rural communities and workers
- Work with post-secondary institutions to develop new, skilled workers, and provide new training opportunities for today’s workers
We are investing in two key sectors where we already know demand is strong and growing – cleaner buildings and cleaner transportation.
- Developing programs like Energy Step Code training and certification and Certified Retrofit Professional accreditation
- Expanding job training for electric and zero-emission vehicles
What This Looks Like
To protect our communities and set us on the path to a stronger, more sustainable future, we will need to transform the buildings we work and live in, how we get around, and how we power our economy and use cleaner energy.
The Province of British Columbia is developing a climate preparedness and adaptation strategy to help ensure that communities across B.C. can prepare for a changing climate.