Local governments have been active in climate action for twenty years, but we need to do more. Metro Vancouver worked with residents, municipalities, and other partners to develop a roadmap for climate action for transportation in this region.
In 2021 Metro Vancouver published a
Climate 2050 Transportation Roadmap exploring opportunities for deep emissions reductions for transportation. Transportation will help shape our low carbon future by prioritizing zero-emission vehicles, managing the demand for roads, and making improvements that increase system resilience.
What you will find in this roadmap
The transportation system serves and shapes our region’s communities and economy. Roads, rail lines, shipping lanes, flight paths, transit networks and bike paths link us with our destinations, but the vehicles that travel them contribute to climate change and poor air quality. As the region grows and changes, we need a transportation system that will keep us connected and goods moving while also reducing emissions.
Transportation generates 44% of regional emissions. Of these, personal vehicles are the primary contributors of greenhouse gases and volatile organic compounds, while marine vessels and aircraft are largely responsible for particulate matter. To increase our resilience, we need to accelerate our climate actions to power travel with clean, renewable energy and strengthen the system to handle climate change impacts.
We’ve created a roadmap to help us reach a low-carbon, resilient future. By 2050, we can make zero-emission transportation options, such as electric vehicles, more accessible. We can use mobility pricing—paying a price to travel—to manage demand for roads and reduce emissions further. And to ensure the transportation system is robust and reliable, we can conduct a vulnerability assessment to target our efforts.
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