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 Transportation Discussion Paper for information relevant to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transportation in the Metro Vancouver region as well adapting our transportation system to Climate Change. The discussion paper reflects ideas from individuals and organizations in this region, and looks at best practices world-wide.

The movement of people, goods and services – whether by car, truck, train, plane or boat – is the most significant source of greenhouse gas emissions in this region. The transportation sector is also a major source of diesel particulate matter and nitrogen oxides, which can have negative impacts on public health.

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Goals for Transportation found on page 11 Transportation Discussion Paper describe a desired future state for a low emission and carbon neutral region by 2050 and include:

  • All travel within the region is made by active transportation or using zero emission technologies powered by clean, renewable energy.
  • All heavy duty trucks, marine vessels and rail locomotives operating within the region use zero emission technologies powered by clean, renewable energy.
  • All aircraft operating in the region use low emission technologies powered by clean, renewable energy.
Do you have any comments on these goals?

Big Ideas found on page 14 in the Transportation Discussion Paper describes actions that are likely to significantly reduce air contaminants and greenhouse gas emissions and accelerate climate action in this region and include:

  • Reduce emissions through mobility pricing. Mobility pricing has the potential to reduce growing congestion, promote fairness, and fund investments in transportation infrastructure. Mobility pricing programs typically reduce emissions. Examples include: Ultra Low Emission Zone (London), Off-peak delivery pilots (Stockholm), and Congestion Pricing Program (New York).
  • Broaden the accessibility of zero emission transportation options. To support a zero emission economy without exacerbating inequities, Metro Vancouver can work with other governments to make zero emission transportation options (e.g. electric vehicles, electric and pedal bikes, public transit) affordable to more people.
What are your thoughts on these Big Ideas? (seeking input on considerations, implementation, timeframes, or other comments)

Actions found on pages 12 to 14 in the Transportation 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:

Active Transportation and Transit

  • Bike share programs make cycling a convenient and accessible option for more trips (Minneapolis, Beijing, Buenos Aires).
  • Regional Parking Strategy will optimize parking space requirements to encourage switching to modes other than single occupancy vehicles (Halifax).
  • Cycling highways enable cyclists to reach their destinations faster (Netherlands).

Cleaner Fuels and Engines

  • Vehicle Anti-Tampering Regulation reduces tampering with vehicle emission control systems, to help ensure their effectiveness (Ohio).
  • Vehicle emission inspection programs such as the Heavy Duty Vehicle Inspection Program for heavy duty diesel trucks and buses, and the Smog Check Program for cars and trucks, identify high-polluting vehicles and enforce mandatory repairs (California).
  • Gasoline and diesel vehicles bans in city centres on certain days of the week, or outright, are being explored in many congested cities around the world to combat degraded air quality and drive greenhouse gas emission reductions (Madrid, Rome, Paris).
  • Carbon tax for aviation is being considered for flights within Europe (European Union).

Electrifying Transportation

  • Rail electrification to move people and goods using low emission electricity instead of diesel fuel (Europe, Japan and Russia).
  • Zero emission delivery truck pilot will explore the viability of zero emission trucks for local delivery (Houston).
  • All-electric passenger ferries can reduce congestion, support local tourism, and provide zero emission commutes along waterways (New York City, Niagara Falls, Finland).
  • Delivery microhubs reduce freight emissions by bundling goods in urban centres and supporting final delivery by zero emission modes, including cargo bikes and small electric delivery vans (Berlin, Montreal).
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)

Are there actions you can suggest that are missing?

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

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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.

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