Vancouver, British Columbia
Vancouver, home to 630,502 (2011) inhabitants and most densely populated city in Canada, is the largest city in the Province of British Columbia and the 8th largest city in the Federal State. It is also part of the third larger Canadian metropolitan area, Metro Vancouver. It is one of the core cities of the 21 municipalities’ regional district. The 115 square feet city is often recognized as one of world’s most livable city thanks to its compact urban fabric and mixed-use development.
The city is nevertheless an active economic centre, notably thanks to its location on the Pacific Rim. Vancouver sea-port, Port Metro Vancouver, is indeed the third largest port in tonnage in North America. Despite experiencing a strong population and jobs creation growth between 1990 and 2015 of respectively 34 and 30 percent, the city committed in December 2015 to the 100% renewable energy target by 2050. It is significant to note that the city underlines its will to ‘responsibly source’ renewable energy.
This decision from the city is stated in the Renewable City Strategy 2015-2050 issued in December 2015. It is moreover in line with Vancouver’s compliance with the UN Covenant of Mayors in October 2015 and the Greenest City 2020 action plan. The strategy outlined in the document is based on a thorough research and analysis of current energy consumption data. It draws clear guidelines concerning buildings and transport, which account for 90% of the city energy consumption. Those guidelines are based upon international best practices and civil society consultation and expertise.
The Renewable City Strategy aims to create a strong and sustainable economy while enhancing the liveability of the city. To do so and to reach the 100% RE goal, the municipality has a strong will to involve private and public stakeholders such as businesses, citizens and all level of government (local, regional, provincial, and federal). Thanks to the wide-spreading of distributed energy resource systems, improvement of infrastructures Vancouver also aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% below 2007 levels before 2050. Besides, the strategy is based on energy efficiency target and retrofitting of buildings, Vancouver intending to decrease its energy use from 53.3 million GJ in 2014 to 38.3 million GJ in 2050.
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Monday, April 4th, 2016