VICTORIA - British Columbia has introduced a plan to reach its legislated target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 with initiatives like slashing the number of kilometres driven and boosting the carbon tax.
Join Premier John Horgan, George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, and leaders in the area of climate action as they announce the CleanBC Roadmap to 2030. https://t.co/s4wPjdmLSn— BC Government News (@BCGovNews) October 25, 2021
The new plan sets a target of 10,000 public electric vehicle charging stations by 2030 and calls for the electrification of public transit and ferry fleets.
From devastating wildfires to intense heat waves and droughts, the impacts of climate change are all around us.— John Horgan (@jjhorgan) October 25, 2021
That's why we're strengthening our CleanBC plan to reduce climate pollution, reach our 2030 targets, and get to net-zero by 2050.https://t.co/78sRwuBwPx pic.twitter.com/qs6uVF3alR
It would provide local governments with cash for climate change initiatives.
The strategy includes increasing the price of carbon pollution by meeting or exceeding the 2019 federal benchmark of $170 per tonne starting in 2023 through taxes consumers would pay on fuel and goods as well as by industry that emits carbon dioxide.
The strategy also calls for the elimination of methane emissions by 2030 and requires the government to produce an annual accountability report setting out the province's progress.
Premier John Horgan says the effects of climate change are all around us, from wildfires to heat waves, and it demands greater urgency.