Local governments are taking action on climate change, but we all need to do more. We recognize that it takes the actions of many to accelerate our response on climate change -- to both prepare for and adapt to the changes we won't avoid, and to lower our GHG emissions. This website provides just some examples of community initiatives in this region and further around the world.

Local Initiatives

  • Organic Waste Biofuel Facility
    The City of Surrey operates a facility that processes organic waste from households and other sources into renewable natural gas, and fuels the City’s natural gas-powered waste collection vehicles and growing fleet of natural gas-powered operations service vehicles. The city received national recognition for the Surrey Biofuel Facility with the 2018 Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators Willis Award for Innovation.
  • Sewage Heat Recovery
    The City of Vancouver’s Southeast False Creek Neighbourhood Energy Utility uses waste thermal energy captured from sewage to provide space heating and hot water to buildings in the area. This recovered energy reduces GHG emissions associated with heating those buildings by more than 60 percent.
  • Renewable City Action Plan, City Vancouver
    This plan targets buildings, transportation, and waste – the top sources of carbon pollution.
  • Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP), City Burnaby
    The CEEP was created to help reduce the community’s overall energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, to address climate change, improve local air quality, save money, and improve health and community livability.
  • BC Government Greenhouse Gas Industrial Reporting and Control Act
    Under the GGIR&C Act, the BC government introduced the Greenhouse Gas Emission Reporting Regulation, the Greenhouse Gas Emission Control Regulation, and the Greenhouse Gas Emission Administrative Penalties and Appeals Regulation.
  • BC and Federal Government Innovative Clean Energy Fund
    This fund supports the province’s energy, economic, environmental and GHG emissions reduction priorities, and to advance its clean energy sector.
  • Federal Low Carbon Economy Fund
    The Government of Canada Low Carbon Economy Fund provides $1.4 billion to provinces and territories that have adopted the Pan-Canadian Framework, to help them deliver on commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Over $500 million is available for the Low Carbon Economy Challenge, which will fund projects that will leverage ingenuity to reduce emissions and generate clean growth.


National and Global Initiatives