Sur­rey Board of Trade says BC Gov­ern­ment Clean BC Plan will lead to eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties

Asian Journal - - OPINION EDITORIAL -

Sur­rey: On Wed­nes­day, the BC Gov­ern­ment re­leased the Cleanbc Plan. The plan’s in­tent is to grow the use of clean and re­new­able en­ergy to grow the econ­omy, spur new in­dus­try in­no­va­tions, in­crease af­ford­abil­ity to clean en­ergy op­tions for all, col­lab­o­ra­tion with Indige­nous peo­ples and meet 2030 GHG re­duc­tion goals. “I was pleased to see that the Cleanbc plan of­fers in­cen­tives for small and medium sized busi­nesses to switch to green tech­nol­ogy and green ef­fi­cien­cies,” said Anita Hu­ber­man, CEO, Sur­rey Board of Trade. “Sur­rey’s busi­ness com­mu­nity is com­prised of en­trepreneurs and in­no­va­tors – and we look for­ward to cap­tur­ing new eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

The Sur­rey Board of Trade pro­vided in­put into this plan in Au­gust 2018. “In sum­mary, the Sur­rey Board of Trade wanted the BC Gov­ern­ment to fo­cus on pass­ing leg­is­la­tion that will en­cour­age busi­nesses and stake­hold­ers to use pro­cesses, equip­ment, au­to­mo­biles, sys­tems, etc. that will gen­er­ate as lit­tle pol­lut­ing waste as pos­si­ble and with the small­est car­bon foot­print.” “The BC Gov­ern­ment, through this Cleanbc Strat­egy has in­cen­tivized tech­nol­ogy that will use re­new­able en­ergy, such as so­lar and wind en­ergy. The plan en­cour­ages a “Zero Waste” cul­ture through­out BC.”

The Sur­rey Board of Trade in­di­cates that what needs im­me­di­ate con­sid­er­a­tion is:

1. Trans­porta­tion Sec­tor – Buses, cars, trucks, etc. make up 39% of car­bon emis­sions – what are we do­ing to mo­ti­vate peo­ple to buy elec­tric and con­vert to elec­tric ve­hi­cles? What re­bates are cur­rently in place? How can we trig­ger some mea­sur­able change in con­ver­sion to elec­tric? In­vest­ment in mil­lions of dol­lars to con­struct charg­ing sta­tions across ma­jor road routes is an op­tion. Should we have ded­i­cated elec­tric ve­hi­cle lanes on ma­jor high­ways just like HOV lanes?

2. Light and Heavy In­dus­try, Small, Medium and Large Com­mer­cial Busi­nesses – Saw mills, in­dus­trial man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­i­ties, truck­ing com­pa­nies, etc. How do we get them to move away from fos­sil fu­els and con­vert into other re­new­able en­ergy op­tions? How do we get them to re­duce emis­sions?

3. Build­ings – Res­i­den­tial, Com­mer­cial, In­dus­trial – We need en­ergy ef­fi­cient build­ings. The en­ergy step code ap­proach, which Sur­rey just im­ple­mented, is a good step for­ward. Is this now man­dated by leg­is­la­tion or are mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties just tak­ing the ini­tia­tive to im­ple­ment due to their own mo­ti­va­tion to re­duce en­ergy con­sump­tion within cities?

4. Zero Waste – Re­duce, re­use, re­cy­cle waste in ev­ery sec­tor. Leg­is­la­tion needs to be passed that en­forces the zero-waste cul­ture tar­get­ing mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and busi­nesses, and give money back to them if they achieve cer­tain goals. This will also help deal with the land­fill space is­sue within the re­gion. Pass leg­is­la­tion to deal with plas­tics or any other non-biodegrad­able waste.

Sur­rey will be the largest city in Bri­tish Columbia very soon. The Sur­rey Board of Trade rec­og­nizes the value that clean en­ergy ac­tiv­ity brings to Sur­rey’s eco­nomic foun­da­tions. Sur­rey it­self has been a leader in en­vi­ron­men­tally fo­cused strate­gies in build­ing our city.

High­lights of the Cleanbc Plan in­clude:

•Di­rect a por­tion of BC’S car­bon tax paid by in­dus­try into in­cen­tives for cleaner op­er­a­tions

•Make in­dus­trial nat­u­ral gas con­sump­tion cleaner with a min­i­mum 15% to come from re­new­able gas

•By 2040, ev­ery new car sold in B.C. will be a zero-emis­sion ve­hi­cle. The gov­ern­ment is help­ing peo­ple af­ford cleaner cars and save money on fuel with in­cen­tive pro­grams, and mak­ing it eas­ier to charge or fuel them: 1.3 Mt of car­bon pol­lu­tion re­duced by 2030

•The Prov­ince is speed­ing up the switch to cleaner fu­els at the gas pump – with fur­ther re­duc­tions to the car­bon in­ten­sity of trans­porta­tion fu­els: 4.0 Mt of car­bon pol­lu­tion re­duced by 2030 • Ev­ery new build­ing con­structed in B.C. will be “net-zero en­ergy ready” by 2032. Along the way, gov­ern­ment is re­quir­ing new build­ings to be more ef­fi­cient, and ramp­ing up fund­ing for ren­o­va­tions and en­ergy retrofits to ex­ist­ing homes and of­fices, in­clud­ing $400 mil­lion to sup­port retrofits and up­grades for B.C.’S stock of pub­licly funded hous­ing: 2.0 Mt of car­bon pol­lu­tion re­duced by 2030

• By 2030, 30% of all sales of new light-duty cars and trucks will be zero-emis­sion ve­hi­cles, ris­ing to 100% by 2040

Anita Hu­ber­man,CEO Sur­rey Board of Trade

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