Vancouver has unveiled plans to generate 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2050.
City councillors were to vote on the Renewable City Strategy, which also calls for an 80% greenhouse gas reduction by 2050 from a 2007 baseline, at a meeting yesterday.
“This glistening green vision of the future would see Vancouverites going about their daily business by bike or electric car, while hydroelectricity and solar panels help power single-family homes and apartment buildings extract home heating from the sewage system,” the Vancouver Sun reports. City staff began work on the plan after councillors adopted the target in late March.
Climate Policy Manager Malcolm Shield identified transportation and buildings as the two sectors that exert the greatest influence on Vancouver’s emissions. New energy standards will be easier to reinforce with 40% of the city’s building stock expected to turn over by 2050, but “changing the transportation system is the more difficult thing to be done,” he said.
“Vehicles are such an integral part of the way we expect our lives to run. There is that integral link to land use and city planning…creating compact and livable communities so that the default position is not just jumping into a car.”
Rather than attaching a price tag to the overall plan, staff will come back to city council with specific costing for each individual element. (h/t to Clean Energy Review for first pointing us to this story)