We’re taking the next big step on our continent-leading CleanBC plan and introducing new measures, so that we can meet our emissions reduction targets for 2030 and reach net zero by 2050.
Climate change is impacting more of the things we love
B.C.’s forests, waters and farmlands have been a source of beauty, food and economic opportunity for generations – and we are fighting to protect them.
We're planting hundreds of millions of trees every year and creating more parks to harness nature’s ability to absorb carbon dioxide.
We’re protecting salmon habitat and securing our freshwater resources, while also working with industry partners to clean up plastic debris from our beautiful coastline and ocean.
We’re working with farmers and growers to make sure the soil and crops that we all depend on continue to feed us well into the future.
We know we need to go beyond these efforts – that's where the Roadmap comes in. The Roadmap demonstrates that at the core of our approach to climate change is a foundational commitment to protecting and preserving our environment now and for future generations.
Preparing and adapting to the impacts of climate change
Preparing for climate change strengthens our ability to respond to extreme events like wildfires, flooding and heatwaves, as well as more gradual changes like water shortages and sea level rise. B.C.’s Climate Preparedness and Adaptation Strategy helps to protect ecosystems, lower long-term costs and keep people and communities safe.
People in B.C. know that delay is not an option
We have accomplished a lot with our CleanBC plan. But the scale of the climate emergency we are living through demands that we act with even greater urgency. That’s why we are scaling up measures that are working and introducing new ideas so we can meet our ambitious climate targets.
Here are some of the actions outlined in our CleanBC: Roadmap to 2030 plan
Powering more industries and communities with clean, renewable, made-in-B.C. hydro power
Right now, electricity meets close to 20% of our energy needs. With help from BC Hydro, we have a plan to electrify our economy and push that percentage up.
B.C.’s abundant supply of clean and affordable hydro power is what sets us apart.
Accelerating our move to electric vehicles
Since we launched CleanBC, our province has seen the highest uptake in electric vehicle purchases in North America, thanks to CleanBC incentives that make going electric more affordable.
We’ll complete B.C.’s Electric Highway by 2024 and target having 10,000 public EV charging stations by 2030.
We’re introducing ambitious targets for light-duty vehicles and setting new targets for a faster move to electric medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.
Making it easier for people in B.C. to make greener choices
Electric bikes are now exempt from PST, which will encourage more people to use active transportation.
We’re reviewing and updating the Motor Vehicle Act to include active transportation modes, such as electric bikes, scooters and skateboards.
We’re working to increase the share of trips made by walking, cycling and transit to 30% by 2030, 40% by 2040 and 50% by 2050.
Cleaner deliveries by truck or bike
The CleanBC Go Electric Specialty Use Vehicle Incentive program helps businesses buy electric delivery trucks, passenger shuttles and many other vehicles. Through the program, Purolator has added a small fleet of battery-electric delivery trucks at its facility in Richmond and also operates a number of electric cargo bikes (e-cargo bikes).
Working in partnership with Indigenous peoples
We’ll build stronger partnerships with Indigenous peoples to make sure Indigenous perspectives and interests are a central part of our climate plans and policies.
We’ll continue to help Indigenous communities make the shift from fossil fuel-based energy to renewable energy.
Making the switch to heat pumps
Everyone living in Hartley Bay, a Gitga’at community on the north coast, now have energy efficient heat pumps in their homes – keeping them cool in the summer and warm in the winter, all while lowering their heating bills and shrinking the community’s carbon footprint. Heat pumps also provide air filtration, reducing risks from wildfire smoke during summer months. The switch to heat pumps was supported by the CleanBC Indigenous Community Heat Pump Incentive, which helps make clean choices for residential and community buildings more affordable and accessible.
Micro-hydropower provides clean energy and jobs for Kitasoo Xai’xais Nation
The Kitasoo Xai’xais Nation is partnering with B.C. and Canada through the CleanBC Communities Fund to upgrade its micro-hydropower plant. The Nation, in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest, is isolated from the BC Hydro electricity grid and has produced its own renewable energy for 40 years. Upgrades to the aging plant will ensure a reliable supply of clean energy, reduce reliance on fossil fuels and support opportunities for jobs and growth, including the construction of more homes in the area.
Seaweed aquaculture reduces climate pollution
Indigenous peoples on the B.C. coast have harvested seaweeds for thousands of years, providing a versatile food that’s rich in protein, calcium and iron. Today, several First Nations are growing seaweed commercially in partnership with B.C.’s emerging seaweed aquaculture sector. It’s estimated seaweeds absorb carbon pollution from the atmosphere three times as much as forests. They also provide critical habitat for sea creatures, and don’t require land, freshwater or fertilizer to grow. Seaweed harvesting has the potential to be another tool to fight climate change here at home, while contributing to a stronger economy for everyone.
Getting industry to net zero climate pollution by 2050
All new large industrial facilities will need to work with government to demonstrate how they align with our 2030 and 2040 targets to reduce climate pollution and create a plan to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.
We will work with industry to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas sector by 75% below 2014 levels by 2030.
We’re also taking action to nearly eliminate industrial methane emissions by 2035.
Making climate pollution more expensive while supporting people
B.C.’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard and our first-in-North America carbon tax help build the market and move toward cleaner options for people and industry, like electric vehicles, heat pumps, biofuels and hydrogen.
We are supporting people who may have trouble making the switch to cleaner choices with the climate action tax credit.
Reducing pollution from cement production
B.C.’s cement industry has been working since 2018 to reduce the climate pollution it produces by using more low-carbon fuels, diverting waste from landfills and looking into using carbon-capture technology. LaFarge is currently partnering with B.C. clean tech company Svante to pilot new technology at its Richmond facility, creating the potential for the cleanest cement plant anywhere in Canada.
Putting a cap on climate pollution for natural gas utilities
Because pollution from natural gas consumption is expected to grow as we head to 2030, we are capping climate pollution generated by using natural gas to heat homes, buildings and power some of our industries.
This will encourage new investment in low-carbon fuels, technologies and energy efficiency.
Increasing support for local communities
We are providing municipalities with funding and tools to help add density and reduce climate pollution at the local level.
We’re also working together to enhance and protect natural assets, like aquifers, forests, wetlands and coastal ecosystems.
Requiring all new buildings in B.C. to be zero-carbon by 2030
That means no new climate pollution will be added to the atmosphere from new buildings built after 2030.
All new space and water heating equipment will meet the highest standards for efficiency.
We’ll also be encouraging the use of low-carbon building materials in construction, such as mass timber, wood-based insulation, carbon-absorbing concrete, and concrete made with lignin fibres from trees and other plants.
Creating opportunity through climate action
The global transition to a low-carbon future will create new jobs in a range of sectors, and we want to make sure those jobs benefit people throughout B.C. We're developing a workforce readiness framework to ensure that British Columbia has the new training programs, standards and credentials people will need, there are opportunities for workers to upgrade their skills, and businesses have the number and diversity of workers they need.
B.C.’s hydrogen sector is fueling green jobs
B.C.’s thriving hydrogen and fuel cell sector is the largest in the country, making it a critical part of our low-carbon economy. cellcentric, a new joint venture between the world’s two largest truck manufacturers, Daimler Truck AG and Volvo Group, has chosen to strengthen its innovative hydrogen fuel cell business in Burnaby. cellcentric plans to develop and produce hydrogen fuel cell systems to commercialize CO2-neutral transportation and will significantly grow its local workforce in highly specialized, well-paid positions in the years to come. Along with providing solutions to reduce emissions in hard-to-decarbonize areas such as heavy-duty trucking, the sector is creating good jobs for people and attracting new investment.
Cleaning up plastic and debris
We worked with communities, coastal tourism operators and Indigenous Nations to remove hundreds of thousands of kilograms of debris – including styrofoam, plastic bottles, nets, rope, and abandoned boats and tires – from thousands of kilometres of B.C.’s shoreline. Much of this waste was recyclable. This created employment for hundreds of people, including youth whose job prospects were hit particularly hard during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Taking recycling to the next level
We are reducing the amount of plastic waste generated in B.C. and building on recent actions we’ve taken to expand our continent-leading recycling system, which will now include electric vehicle batteries and chargers, mattresses and electronic products, such as solar panels, lithium-ion batteries and e-cigarettes.
We are expanding the number of products that are diverted from landfills and have funded projects to remove plastics from the marine environment, making sure companies in B.C. make better use of recycled plastics in manufacturing and banning single-use plastics.
Through the Plastics Action Fund, B.C. is helping businesses process and remanufacture more recycled plastics, with over 20,000 tonnes of plastic annually that will be recirculated back into new products because of this program.
Removing carbon from the air
B.C. companies like Carbon Engineering are pioneering and testing negative-emission technologies that can directly remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it underground.
This technology will be increasingly critical as the world looks for solutions to the climate crisis.