Drivers of climate change 

Our choices as individuals and as a province directly affect our climate.

Agriculture, oil and gas, industry and forestry are drivers of climate change in B.C.

Right now, B.C. is still mainly powered by fossil fuels

Most of us use gas or diesel-powered cars to get around. Most of our industries rely on fossil fuel-powered equipment to harvest raw materials and manufacture and transport finished products. Fossil fuels power the equipment that harvests our food and heats our homes.  

Chart – BC greenhouse gas targets showing actual emissions and emissions targets between the years 2005 and 2050. 16% below 2007 levels by 2025. 40% below 2007 levels by 2030. 60% below 2007 levels by 2040. And 80% below 2007 levels by 2050.

Measuring pollution 

In B.C. we measure climate pollution from different types of human activity. This helps us understand where the pollution comes from and where we can work to reduce it.

In 2007, B.C.’s climate pollution from greenhouse gases totalled 65.5 million tonnes. We have a plan to reduce greenhouse gas pollution by 40% by 2030.

Learn about the activities changing B.C.’s climate and how we are taking action