Vancouver sets out to become fossil fuel free by 2050
Vancouver has joined a pioneer band of cities around the world to adopt a plan to go 100% fossil fuel free in 35 years. The city council voted a proposal to cut the use of energy at the same time increasing the supply and use of energy from renewable sources.
Mayor Gregor Robertson says it is possible for Vancouver to become a cleaner, healthier and more resilient city if a pragmatic approach was taken on buildings and transportation. The plan calls for the adoption of zero-emission standards in all new city buildings and converting its fleet of vehicles to renewable sources energy.
Last year, just one-third of Vancouver’s energy was sourced from renewable sources, mostly electricity. The city has also set its sights on cutting greenhouse gas emissions by eighty percent (80%) below levels established in 2007.