Environmental advocates, business groups praise sweeping B.C. climate change plan
VANCOUVER—The B.C. government’s sweeping climate plan garnered support from business groups and climate advocates alike but it remains unclear how the province will close a 6-million-tonne shortfall in its greenhouse gas commitments.
The province’s plan, released Wednesday in Vancouver, aims to cut B.C.’s emissions by 18.9 million tonnes over the next 12 years, largely through increasing the use of electricity by all sectors and boosting low-carbon fuels.
Climate advocates praised the government for taking an important step in the right direction, particularly given a political context that’s seen U.S. President Donald Trump slash environmental regulations and Ontario Premier Doug Ford scrap the province’s cap and trade program.
“It’s actually quite remarkable to have a government that gets it and is doing their best to act on it,” said political scientist George Hoberg, an expert in environmental policy at the University of British Columbia. “We are 75 per cent of the way there which is extremely important,” he B.C. Premier John Horgan unveiled a new climate plan Wednesday in Vancouver.
The plan depends heavily on slashing industry emissions by 8.4 million tonnes, nearly half the total cuts planned — achieving that with aggressive electrification, new hydro transmission lines and a $240-million-ayear technology fund.
More about B.C.’s new plan at thestar.com/vancouver