In the region, transportation is the single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, accounting for approximately 45% of the regional total. The biggest contributors in the transportation sector are cars and light trucks.
The most significant contributions Metro Vancouver can make to emissions reductions will be made through a continued focus on maintaining the boundary for urban development and land use patterns that support sustainable transportation.
To achieve significant GHG reductions, it is also essential for the region to transition to low emission vehicles technologies. By 2050, even with a significant shift towards walking, biking and transit, vehicles are forecast to still be responsible for most kilometres travelled in the Metro Vancouver region.
Reducing emissions from the heavy duty vehicles, air, marine and rail sectors will require transitioning to low carbon fuels such as renewable diesel, renewable natural gas, and electricity.
Metro Vancouver is working with its members and partners like TransLink to develop programs, policies and regulations to address transportation emissions.