Corporate Climate Action Plan

In 2017, the City’s 2011 Corporate Climate Action Plan underwent a comprehensive analysis to measure progress to date in reducing greenhouse gas emissions associated with the City’s operations. Many actions from the original 2011 plan have been completed, others have been modified and new actions have been identified, where appropriate.

These updates build upon the 2011 plan’s significant efforts which set an ambitious, yet achievable, greenhouse gas reduction target of 25% below 2007 levels by 2020. In 2016, the City’s emissions were 13% lower than the 2007 baseline year; however more work is still needed to maintain these reductions and further reach our 2020 reduction goal. See Corporate Climate Action Plan Update - February 2017


  • 60% of total corporate emissions in 2016 were generated from City civic buildings.
  • Emissions from civic buildings have declined by 26% since 2007.
  • Improvements were achieved as a result of energy efficient retrofits to municipal buildings and connecting an increased number of buildings to the LEC district heating system.
Next Steps: Harry Jerome Community Centre

Currently the Harry Jerome Community Centre accounts for 29% of the City’s corporate building greenhouse gas emissions. With the centre undergoing a major redevelopment in the near future, there is an opportunity for the City to demonstrate leadership and achieve net reductions through best in class energy efficiency. Achieving such high energy standards on the newly developed Harry Jerome Community Center will be critical to the City meeting its 2020 reduction target.


  • 30% of total corporate emissions in 2016 were generated from the City’s vehicle fleet
  • Emissions from the City’s vehicle fleet have declined by 3% since 2007 despite adding additional vehicles and equipment over the past decade (the City population serviced by the fleet has increased by 15% over the same time period).
  • Improvements were achieved through the introduction of hybrid and electric vehicles, larger adoption of alternative fuel sources and more fuel efficient driving practices being adopted by City staff.
  • Due to these efforts, since 2013, there has been a steady reduction in the total amount of fuel used per year by the CNV fleet.

Next Steps: Fleet

City staff will continue to actively monitor evolving electric and hybrid technologies in an effort to upgrade the fleet and reduce further emissions. As older vehicles are replaced, models with increased fuel efficiency will be selected and where possible, electric options will be chosen.

Solid Waste

  • 10% of total corporate emissions in 2016 were generated from the City’s solid waste sector.
  • Emissions from solid waste have declined 14% since 2007.
  • Improvements were achieved through the implementation and expansion of the Corporate Zero Waste Program. The program aims to increase the amount of waste diverted from landfills through the use of zero waste stations and staff education.
  • The introduction zero waste stations reduced waste sent to landfill by 70%.Zero waste stations are now being installed in all City facilities.
Next Steps: Solid Waste

Waste audits will be conducted on key facilities to help staff assess success of waste diversion programs and refine education and outreach communications. Continued education for staff and the public will be maintained to ensure a continued reduction of corporate emissions and diversion of solid waste from landfills is achieved. The City supports Metro Vancouver’s goal of recycling 80% of the regions waste by 2020.

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