Available April 1, 2021, Metro Vancouver is presenting a new draft Clean Air Plan — its latest air quality and greenhouse gas management plan. Actions in the plan will reduce air contaminant emissions and impacts, including greenhouse gases, over the next 10 years. In doing so, it supports the 30-year commitment of a carbon neutral region by 2050 and ensures we maintain the good air quality we generally experience.
The draft Clean Air Plan was developed with input from stakeholders who participated in our first phase of engagement in 2020. It includes 132 recommendations in key areas to reduce emissions from the largest sources in this region: buildings we live and work in, transportation of goods and people, and industrial sources.
The draft Clean Air Plan proposes three targets for 2030:
- Reduce regional greenhouse gas emissions by 45% from 2010 levels,
- Ensure ambient air quality in the region meets or is better than the health-based standards set by Metro Vancouver, the BC and federal governments,
- Increase the amount of time that visual air quality is classified as excellent.
The second phase of engagement is now starting. Here’s how you can review the plan and provide your comments from April 1 until June 15:
- Learn more and read the draft Clean Air Plan
- Provide your input in an online questionnaire (available mid-April)
- Join a webinar on April 27 and/or May 20 (Check our events calendar in a couple weeks to register)
- Sign up for the mailing list to receive project updates
The Clean Air Plan is also helping to inform Metro Vancouver’s Climate 2050 Buildings Roadmap which lays out 37 actions for reducing emissions and increasing resiliency. Many of the greenhouse gas reduction actions in the Buildings Roadmap parallel the Clean Air Plan and engagement will be coordinated together. See how these plans explore the most effective action for reducing emissions and preparing our communities for changing climate by reading the discussion papers.