Metro Vancouver is developing Climate 2050 – a plan to guide the Metro Vancouver region to carbon neutrality by 2050.  To reach that ambitious target, we need your input. Your input is also considered in developing the region's Clean Air Plan.

Before responding to this questionnaire you might review Metro Vancouver’s Industry Discussion Paper for information relevant to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from industry in the Metro Vancouver region as well adapting our industrial sector to Climate Change. The discussion paper reflects ideas from individuals and organizations in this region, and looks at best practices world-wide.

Industry in the region encompasses a wide range of emission sources, from industrial facilities to the lawnmowers used by local businesses – they all generate emissions. Air contaminant emissions from industrial activities are produced by fuel combustion, volatile organic compound evaporation, chemical and food manufacturing processes, and fugitive emissions such as wind-blown particulate and equipment leakage. An expanded introduction to industrial emissions sources is found on page 5 of the Industry Discussion Paper.

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Goals for Industry found on page 10 of the Industry Discussion Paper describes a desired future state for a low emission and carbon neutral region by 2050:

  • All industrial operations are carbon neutral.
  • The industrial sector employs Lowest Achievable Emission Rate technology to minimize air contaminant emissions to protect public health and the environment.
Do you have any comments on these goals?

Big Ideas found on page 12 in the Industry Discussion Paper describe actions that are likely to significantly reduce air contaminants and greenhouse gas emissions and accelerate climate action in this region and include:

  • Move beyond Best Available Control Technologies for permitted industry. Metro Vancouver could explore setting more stringent standards for emission control for industrial facilities with air permits, and strengthen regulatory tools available to reduce emissions from both permitted and non-permitted sources.
  • Industry progressing towards carbon neutral operations. Industries in the region can identify and implement actions to move towards significant emission reductions. Collaboration is essential to achieve Metro Vancouver’s targets to reduce regional greenhouse gas emissions by 45% from 2010 levels by 2030, and achieve a carbon neutral region by 2050.
What are your thoughts on these Big Ideas? (seeking input on considerations, implementation, timeframes, or other comments)

Actions found on page 11 in the Industry Discussion Paper describe the policies and programs, including regulations, incentives and educational outreach campaigns, which will lead to emission reductions. Actions from other jurisdictions include:

Industrial Facilities

  • Urban cap-and-trade program requires commercial and industrial building facilities to meet greenhouse gas emission reduction targets or purchase credits from others (Tokyo).
  • Methane leak management and reduction requirements include monitoring of methane emissions from oil and gas wells, natural gas processing facilities, compressor stations, and other equipment used in the processing and delivery of oil and natural gas (Colorado, Mexico).
  • Boiler regulations require ultra-low nitrogen oxides boilers and include requirements for biomass boilers (SanFrancisco area).
  • Leak detection and repair initiatives and exploration of new emissions capture technology in refineries (Los Angeles).
  • Facility cap-and-trade programs regulate common air contaminant emissions from sources with emissions greater than a set threshold (California, Texas).

Cleaner Engines and Emission Standards

  • Odour management requirements for facilities that generate odorous emissions, including activities such as waste management, and food, plating and metal processing (Australia, France, Italy, United Kingdom).
  • Food sector regulations to reduce particulate matter emissions from commercial cooking (Quebec, California).
  • Asphalt volatile organic compound restrictions including regulatory and guidance tools: Code of Practice (Canada), regulations (Arizona, New York).
  • Volatile organic compound content limits for consumer products require product reformulation to reduce volatile organic compound emissions that lead to ozone formation (Government of Canada, California).
  • Regulation of halocarbon emissions establish environmental qualifications for workers using these substances, to reduce the climate impact of refrigerant leakage (Quebec).
  • Fugitive dust regulations reduce particulate matter emissions from construction, landfills, quarries, bulk material operations, and marine terminals (California, Chicago).
Which of these actions do you think should be implemented in this region? (seeking input on those you think reduce greenhouse gases and other air contaminants; increase energy efficiency; reduce our reliance on fossil fuels; and/or help make our region more livable, or other comments)

Do you have any other feedback for the Metro Vancouver Climate 2050 Project Team to consider on Industry and Climate Action?

Any individual or organization may also submit correspondence to

Metro Vancouver’s Climate 2050 is a strategy that will guide climate change policy and action for Metro Vancouver for the next 30 years. The strategy addresses adaptation (responding to climate impacts) and mitigation (reducing greenhouse gas emissions), both of which are necessary complements in addressing climate change. Currently Metro Vancouver is seeking input on mitigation portion of this discussion, and will in near future have a public dialogue on adaptation.

Which category best describes you? Please check all that apply. *
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