Clean Air Plan

The Clean Air Plan will identify and prioritize actions to reduce air contaminant emissions and impacts, including greenhouse gases, in our region over the next 10 years and support the transition to a carbon neutral and climate resilient region by 2050.

In the Clean Air Plan Backgrounder, Metro Vancouver proposes the following as 2030 regional targets:

  • reduce regional greenhouse gas emissions by 45% from 2010 levels;
  • ambient air quality in the region meets or is better than ambient air quality objectives and standards set by Metro Vancouver, and the BC and federal governments; and
  • increase the amount of time that visual air quality is classified as excellent

The Plan will be organized around seven issue areas. The first five focus on the largest regional sources of air contaminant emissions. The sixth relates to the impacts of nature and ecosystems on air contaminants, and the final issue area will describe tools to measure and reduce emissions and manage air quality in our region.

  1. Buildings
  2. Transportation
  3. Industry
  4. Waste
  5. Agriculture
  6. Nature and Ecosystems
  7. Measurement, Monitoring and Regulation


Engagement opportunities include community events, Sustainability Community Breakfasts, stakeholder workshops, community event information booths, webinars and online feedback. Any upcoming public events will be posted at this page. To receive direct updates, sign up to our mailing list (select ‘Clean Air Plan’).

Online feedback
Metro Vancouver is developing a series of Discussion Papers on the issue areas listed above. At this time, feedback on three specific discussion papers addressing emissions from Buildings, Transportation and Industry is open until April 30, 2020.

You can also submit feedback on any component of the Clean Air Plan to the email or mailing address provided on this page. For an introduction to the Plan please read the Clean Air Plan Backgrounder.





Connecting the Clean Air Plan to Climate 2050

Climate 2050 is Metro Vancouver’s long-term, overarching climate action strategy that will guide our region’s transition to a carbon neutral and resilient region over the next 30 years. Metro Vancouver is engaging with the region to develop the Climate 2050 Roadmaps, which are logical groupings of actions describing how our region will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the impacts of a warming planet.

The Clean Air Plan will support the vision of Climate 2050, by identifying the near-term actions needed to meet the 2030 greenhouse gas and air quality targets. Feedback received on reducing emissions from buildings, industry, transportation, agriculture, waste, nature and ecosystems, and other emission sources will also be used to develop long-term strategies to achieve a carbon neutral and resilient region over the next 30 years for the Climate 2050 Roadmaps.

Clean Air Plan Estimated Timeline


The Clean Air Plan will be Metro Vancouver’s fourth air quality and greenhouse gas management plan and will replace the current Integrated Air Quality & Greenhouse Gas Management Plan.

The Clean Air Plan will focus on actions that Metro Vancouver can implement under its delegated authority, and will also identify actions for implementation by others. Where possible, the Plan will target common air contaminants and greenhouse gases together because many emission sources in this region emit both types of air contaminants (e.g., gasoline engines, natural gas furnaces, industrial manufacturing processes).

It will build on existing Metro Vancouver air quality and greenhouse gas management programs and policies, as well as the Board Strategic Plan and initiatives by member jurisdictions, partner agencies and local First Nations (e.g., the provincial CleanBC plan and member jurisdictions’ sustainability, environment, climate and energy plans).