B.C. is working on a clean growth strategy to integrate the province’s goals for climate action, clean energy and sustainable economic growth.

By integrating our work on economic, climate and energy issues – and engaging with British Columbians as we do so – we will maximize the benefits for all and reduce emissions further across all economic sectors.

The strategy will be released in the fall of 2018.

To begin developing the strategy, we gathered feedback on the first set of priority areas – transportation, buildings, and a clean growth program for industry. In addition to the online discussions, interested groups and individuals were invited to provide written submissions. You can continue to read the archived online discussions and view the written submissions.

The results of the engagement will be summarized in a report and posted publicly.

Public engagement on the first set of intentions papers will inform our new strategy. B.C.’s clean growth strategy will outline the province’s vision for creating a sustainable clean growth future.

More consultations on priority areas will follow in the future.

This engagement is now closed.

Discussion 1 – Zero Emission Vehicles (Clean Transportation)

Posted on July 20, 2018

Support for Zero Emission Vehicles Zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) are becoming increasingly common as more drivers discover their benefits. Fuel costs are up to 80 percent lower compared to conventional vehicles and greenhouse gas emissions are reduced substantially. ZEVs include plug-in hybrids, battery electric and hydrogen fuel cells... Read More

Discussion 2 – Support for Cleaner Fuels (Clean Transportation)

Posted on July 20, 2018

Support for Cleaner Fuels - Low Carbon Fuel Standard Using lower-carbon fuels in our vehicles is one of the easiest ways to make transportation cleaner. For drivers, it is effortless: you fill your tank the same way you always have, but generate less carbon pollution. B.C.’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), which ensures a supply of cleaner... Read More

Discussion 3 – Clean Energy Vehicles – Commercial Vehicles (Clean Transportation)

Posted on July 20, 2018

Clean Energy Vehicles – Commercial Vehicles A significant portion of provincial transportation related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions comes from the commercial transportation sector, with heavy-duty vehicles accounting for 15% of GHG emissions. The government is working with industry to save time, fuel, money and reduce greenhouse gas... Read More

Discussion 4 – Building Energy Labelling Requirement (Improving Buildings)

Posted on July 20, 2018

Building Energy Labelling Requirement Most of us wouldn’t buy a car without knowing how much fuel it uses. Why not have the same information available for homes and other buildings? The Province is considering an energy efficiency labelling requirement, allowing prospective buyers and tenants to: Compare the energy performance of... Read More

Discussion 5 – Financial Incentives (Improving Buildings)

Posted on July 20, 2018

Financial Incentives Retrofits make buildings more efficient, helping to save energy and reduce GHG emissions. However, they often require upfront costs, which can be a barrier to making needed upgrades. To help households, businesses and the public sector offset the costs of energy-saving and emission-reducing retrofits, the province is... Read More

Discussion 6 – Stronger Codes and Standards (Improving Buildings)

Posted on July 20, 2018

Stronger Codes and Standards One of the most effective ways for government to drive clean and efficient buildings is through the evolution of codes and standards. For example, while the B.C. Building Code applies to all new construction in the province, since 2017, local governments have had the option of adopting the voluntary B.C. Energy Step... Read More

Discussion 7 – Low Carbon Buildings Innovation Program (Improving Buildings)

Posted on July 20, 2018

Low Carbon Buildings Innovation Program Reducing emissions from buildings requires cost-effective, high performance solutions that are readily available in the market. These include advanced building designs and construction methods, as well as ultra-efficient building components. To encourage and advance more projects that make buildings... Read More

Discussion 8 – Training and Certification (Improving Buildings)

Posted on July 20, 2018

Training and Certification To help ensure the quality of retrofits in British Columbia, the province is considering working with industry to expand training opportunities and establish an accreditation for Certified Retrofit Professionals. This would both increase our capacity for clean growth and enhance consumer confidence in retrofits. It... Read More