Environment Strategy


We're developing a new Environment Strategy

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report in 2018 that warned we collectively need to limit global warming to as close to 1.5°C as possible to reduce catastrophic impacts to our local communities, health, economies, food security, water supply, and biodiversity. To stay within this threshold, we need to cut global greenhouse gas emissions in half over the next 10 years. 

In February 2019, Council unanimously adopted a new community-wide greenhouse gas reduction target of net zero emissions by 2050, and subsequently established a new citizen Climate and Environment Task Force. The purpose of this Task Force is to provide guidance and support on policies and actions throughout the development of the City’s new Environment Strategy.

Through the Environment Strategy the City is creating a comprehensive plan that will take an integrated approach in the following key action areas:

  • Climate action - reducing carbon emissions to meet our target of zero emissions by 2050
  • Climate resilience - preparing for the impacts of climate change
  • Ecological health - protecting and enhancing our natural ecosystems
  • Zero waste - reducing waste and moving to a more circular economy

In collaboration with the Task Force, the following guiding principles for the Strategy have been proposed:

  • A people-focused approach: The Strategy should ensure that no one is left behind and must consider traditionally disadvantaged groups. Actions with co-benefits (health, affordability, equity, economic development) should be prioritized.
  • Corporate leadership: The City should lead by example through action, involve all departments, and be integrated with other municipal priorities such as economic development and asset management.
  • Data-driven accountability: Targets, policies, and actions should be identified and prioritized based on best available research with ongoing accountability in implementation supported through regular reporting processes.

The proposed approach to the Strategy and guiding principles were endorsed by Council in July 2020.

 

Timeline

 Environment Strategy Timeline

 

Why It’s Important

Addressing the climate and ecological health crisis is about protecting our community and its residents from the negative impacts of climate change.  We are already starting to experience climate change here in the City of North Vancouver through more frequent extreme weather such as windstorms and heavy rain events along with prolonged drought or heat events in the summer

The benefits of building climate resilience include positive changes that improve our quality of life and the economy such as more efficient transit, cleaner air, and preserving our access to nature and outdoor recreation.

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