Cleanbc: Cre­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple and putting B.C. on the path to a cleaner, brighter fu­ture

Asian Journal - - OPINION EDITORIAL - By Premier John Hor­gan

The Cleanbc cli­mate ac­tion plan, launched by our gov­ern­ment this week, will put B.C. on the path to a cleaner, bet­ter fu­ture, with more op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple. Like so many of you, when my kids were young, we took them to watch the sal­mon spawn­ing and out ex­plor­ing in hopes of see­ing or­cas in the wild. We need to pro­tect this beau­ti­ful prov­ince for our chil­dren and grand­chil­dren, and for the peo­ple, com­mu­ni­ties, and in­dus­tries that de­pend on B.C.’S abun­dant nat­u­ral re­sources.

We’re ris­ing to the chal­lenge of cli­mate change and build­ing a strong, sus­tain­able, low-car­bon econ­omy that re­duces cli­mate pol­lu­tion. This new econ­omy will cre­ate jobs and eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple, busi­nesses, and com­mu­ni­ties in ev­ery part of B.C. And we’re work­ing to­gether with the B.C. Green cau­cus to get it done.

Over time, Cleanbc will make how we get around, how we work, and how we heat our homes more ef­fi­cient. It will make cleaner op­tions more con­ve­nient, avail­able, and af­ford­able. And it will sup­port in­dus­tries and in­vest­ments in low-car­bon prod­ucts, ser­vices, and pol­lu­tion-re­duc­ing tech­nolo­gies. By 2032, ev­ery new build­ing con­structed in B.C. will be “net-zero en­ergy ready”. We’re also re­quir­ing new build­ings to be more ef­fi­cient, and ramp­ing up fund­ing for ren­o­va­tions and en­ergy retrofits to our ex­ist­ing homes and of­fices. And we’re re­duc­ing res­i­den­tial and in­dus­trial or­ganic waste and turn­ing it into a clean re­source.

As part of Cleanbc, ev­ery new light-duty car or truck sold in B.C. will be a zero-emis­sion ve­hi­cle (ZEV) by 2040. ZEVS will be more ac­ces­si­ble and af­ford­able for peo­ple through­out the prov­ince. We’ll help peo­ple save money on fuel with in­cen­tive pro­grams, and make it eas­ier to charge or fuel ZEVS. We’ll also be speed­ing up the switch to cleaner fu­els at the gas pump, and help­ing in­dus­try to lower their emis­sions and re­duce pol­lu­tion.

We’re work­ing col­lab­o­ra­tively to seize new clean econ­omy op­por­tu­ni­ties, and help com­mu­ni­ties adapt to the im­pacts of cli­mate change. First Nations gov­ern­ments, lo­cal gov­ern­ments and busi­nesses are all partners on the path for­ward. And by mov­ing to clean, re­new­able en­ergy – like our abun­dant sup­ply of B.C. elec­tric­ity – we will power our grow­ing econ­omy and make life bet­ter and more af­ford­able for Bri­tish Columbians. And we will work in part­ner­ship with Indige­nous Peo­ples on the path for­ward.

The chal­lenges of cli­mate change are global, but the im­pact is all too clear here in B.C. Un­prece­dented wild­fires and floods have hurt peo­ple, com­mu­ni­ties, and busi­nesses through­out our prov­ince. We have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to act – for now and for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. Our gov­ern­ment is tak­ing that re­spon­si­bil­ity se­ri­ously.

It’s time to put B.C. on a cleaner, more sus­tain­able path, to build a bet­ter fu­ture for ev­ery­one in this prov­ince.

With Cleanbc we’re tak­ing im­por­tant steps for­ward, to make sure B.C. suc­ceeds in the low-car­bon econ­omy of the fu­ture. We want to make sure peo­ple can live, work and build good lives in the com­mu­ni­ties they call home.

The pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment has re­leased its Cleanbc plan aimed at re­duc­ing cli­mate pol­lu­tion while cre­at­ing more job and eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple, busi­nesses and com­mu­ni­ties.

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