Climate Action Plan

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Climate change is the greatest environmental challenge of the 21st century. Our community has already experienced climate impacts such as extreme heat events and toxic smoke from widespread wildfires. These events have endangered public health, threatened local businesses and damaged the natural environment. But just as climate change presents a challenge to our community, how we respond can create opportunities for a healthier, safer and more equitable community.

One significant way that we can address climate change is to reduce the emission of greenhouse gasses (GHG). These gasses, which include carbon dioxide and methane, trap heat in the atmosphere. In July 2021, the Vancouver City Council endorsed preliminary Climate Action goals of:

  • 80% reduction in GHG emissions from city operations by 2025
  • 80% reduction in GHG emissions from the Vancouver community by 2030
  • Carbon neutrality by both city operations and the Vancouver community by 2040.

To achieve these goals, the Vancouver City Council directed staff to develop a Climate Action Plan. This plan will include strategies to reduce greenhouse gases and actions that enhance our natural environment's ability to absorb carbon from the atmosphere. In the coming months, City staff members will work with community members and local organizations to further refine the actions that will set Vancouver on its path to carbon neutrality.

To receive project updates and notifications about upcoming ways to participate, please enter your email in the "Stay Informed" section to the right.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Early Action Package (EAP) is a set of 13 climate actions targeted at jumpstarting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction from municipal sources while laying the groundwork for the implementation of the full Climate Action Plan in 2022.

These actions were shown to have broad support from the community and were largely within the City's ability to implement independently. You can find these actions in the Documents tab to the right.

In 2019, the City of Vancouver conducted its first greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory since 2007. The majority of the greenhouse gas emissions that are within the City's power to affect come from driving and from heating and cooling the buildings where we live and work.

Carbon neutrality means that for every pound of carbon pollution we create, we remove or store an equal amount of carbon each year. To reach carbon neutrality, it will also be necessary to reduce the amount of carbon pollution created in the first place.

Why does it matter? Reaching carbon neutrality by 2050 may keep global temperature rise below 1.5 °C (2.7 °F) – a threshold that scientists believe will enable the world to avoid the most severe climate impacts.


Climate change is the greatest environmental challenge of the 21st century. Our community has already experienced climate impacts such as extreme heat events and toxic smoke from widespread wildfires. These events have endangered public health, threatened local businesses and damaged the natural environment. But just as climate change presents a challenge to our community, how we respond can create opportunities for a healthier, safer and more equitable community.

One significant way that we can address climate change is to reduce the emission of greenhouse gasses (GHG). These gasses, which include carbon dioxide and methane, trap heat in the atmosphere. In July 2021, the Vancouver City Council endorsed preliminary Climate Action goals of:

  • 80% reduction in GHG emissions from city operations by 2025
  • 80% reduction in GHG emissions from the Vancouver community by 2030
  • Carbon neutrality by both city operations and the Vancouver community by 2040.

To achieve these goals, the Vancouver City Council directed staff to develop a Climate Action Plan. This plan will include strategies to reduce greenhouse gases and actions that enhance our natural environment's ability to absorb carbon from the atmosphere. In the coming months, City staff members will work with community members and local organizations to further refine the actions that will set Vancouver on its path to carbon neutrality.

To receive project updates and notifications about upcoming ways to participate, please enter your email in the "Stay Informed" section to the right.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Early Action Package (EAP) is a set of 13 climate actions targeted at jumpstarting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction from municipal sources while laying the groundwork for the implementation of the full Climate Action Plan in 2022.

These actions were shown to have broad support from the community and were largely within the City's ability to implement independently. You can find these actions in the Documents tab to the right.

In 2019, the City of Vancouver conducted its first greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory since 2007. The majority of the greenhouse gas emissions that are within the City's power to affect come from driving and from heating and cooling the buildings where we live and work.

Carbon neutrality means that for every pound of carbon pollution we create, we remove or store an equal amount of carbon each year. To reach carbon neutrality, it will also be necessary to reduce the amount of carbon pollution created in the first place.

Why does it matter? Reaching carbon neutrality by 2050 may keep global temperature rise below 1.5 °C (2.7 °F) – a threshold that scientists believe will enable the world to avoid the most severe climate impacts.


  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded. Thank you to the community members who have shared their ideas, input and experiences. Additional opportunities to share feedback on the draft Climate Action Plan will be available soon.

    Share your experiences and ideas through Vancouver's Climate Preparedness Survey

    How have severe weather events affected you? What are your ideas for ways that you and your neighbors can adapt to a changing climate? Tell us your thoughts in this short survey that will help the City of Vancouver develop climate adaptation measures.
    tinyurl.com/VancouverPreparedness

    La Encuesta de Preparación Climática de Vancouver
    https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/CN66YC2

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Page last updated: 27 Jun 2022, 02:58 PM