Climate Actions and Carbon Neutral Progress in 2015Climate Actions and Carbon Neutral Progress in 2015<div class="ExternalClassD02478B2274D47F08CD546015D773257"><p>​Metro Vancouver and all of its member municipalities were carbon neutral in their own operations in 2015. This was achieved by reducing corporate energy-related greenhouse gas emissions, and engaging in valuable GHG reduction projects in the community.</p><p>Every year Metro Vancouver reports to the provincial government the actions it has taken to address climate change as part of the Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP) Metro Vancouver’s 2015 <a href="/services/air-quality/AirQualityPublications/CARIP2015-MetroVancouverClimateActions.pdf" target="_blank">Climate Actions and Carbon Neutral Progress Report</a>, published June 2016, lists approximately 60 actions completed in 2015, and a total of over 75 projects underway or planned in 2016. Metro Vancouver will build on these past and current actions through the development of an Integrated Regional Climate Action Strategy that will catalyze further climate action corporately and regionally to both reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and prepare our region for changing climate.</p><p>Some examples of Metro Vancouver’s corporate leadership include reducing GHG emissions by installing energy-efficient lighting upgrades at our wastewater treatment plants and regional parks and investigating how rehabilitating some of the degraded Burns Bog ecosystems can reduce methane emissions and restore the bog’s ability to sequester carbon. </p><p>Metro Vancouver is studying and planning for the impacts of a changing climate on our utilities. For example, a Comprehensive Regional Water System Plan is under development, which will consider effects of the changing climate on Metro Vancouver’s water supply. </p><p>In addition to our corporate projects, Metro Vancouver is leading a number of innovative projects to engage residents and business in reducing GHG emissions. Through the Metro Vancouver Sustainability Innovation Fund, projects such as the Smart Drive Challenge will use technology to engage drivers in reducing fuel consumption and GHGs, and the Strata Energy Advisor Program will make dedicated energy advisors available to strata councils and property managers in the region. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue22-carip.jpg2016-07-28T07:00:00ZGP0|#2d395db4-59c2-4bcd-8cf3-118afd214b4e;L0|#02d395db4-59c2-4bcd-8cf3-118afd214b4e|Issue 23;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClassE2B557F5361D44B5917490C35A62E3CF"><p>​In June we published our 2015 Climate Actions and Carbon Neutral Progress Report, listing completed actions and ongoing projects to address climate change.  </p></div>0