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Vancouver has lofty plans to ditch fossil fuels within 35 years

Vancouver City Hall. (iStock Photo)
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Vancouver intends to make city reliant on 100 per cent renewable energy by 2050

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – From commuting to work to heating your home, could you get through your day without using any fossil fuels whatsoever?

Vancouver intends to make the city reliant on nothing but 100 per cent renewable energy by the year 2050 with ambitious plans for both buildings and transportation.

The Renewable City Strategy goes before council next Thursday and Vancouver’s climate policy manager Malcolm Shields calls it completely plausible.

“Changing the transportation system is the more difficult thing to be done,” he tells the Vancouver Sun.

“We as a municipal government don’t control the fuel standards — that’s a provincial regulation — and then also the emissions standards of the vehicles themselves when they’re new, which is a federal regulation.”

The focus instead will be on expanding cycling, ride-share and transit networks and incentives for drivers to switch to electric or biofuel vehicles.

Shields believes the transition to renewable fuels in the city’s buildings will be simpler, requiring new buildings to be carbon neutral and old buildings to be retrofitted with new heating and hot water systems as they need to be replaced.

It also helps that the city’s supply of electricity is mainly from renewable hydro sources.

The plan does not contain any reference to the overall cost of implementing the strategy.