Although Greater Vancouver currently experiences good regional air quality relative to most other urban areas in North America, health impacts still occur at current levels and particulate matter, sulphur oxides, ammonia and greenhouse gas emissions are forecast to increase as a result of predicted growth in population, trade and transportation. Localized “hot spots” can also exist even though regional air quality may remain acceptable.
To maintain and improve air quality in the Lower Fraser Valley airshed, Metro Vancouver adopted its third air quality management plan in October 2011. The 2011 Integrated Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas Management Plan (IAQGGMP) is very strategic in nature providing a vision, goals, strategies, actions and performance measures that will guide air quality management in the region over the next decade. The Plan strives to protect human health and the environment, improve visual air quality and reduce the region’s contribution to global climate change.
Integrated Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas Management Plan