Since the introduction of the Climate Action Plan in 2008, B.C. has been recognized as a world leader in the fight against climate change.
- British Columbia’s Climate Leadership Plan contains 21 new strategic actions spanning the province’s transportation and industrial sectors, along with the built environment and government operations.
- Through the Climate Leadership Plan, B.C. is making electric vehicles more affordable and buildings more energy efficient.
- The Province is also targeting sequestration opportunities in its forests and emission reductions in natural-gas production and processing.
- As a climate leader, British Columbia is showing it is possible to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while supporting economic growth and job creation.
- Because of the actions in B.C.’s Climate Leadership Plan up to 66,000 jobs are being created over the next 10 years, and B.C. is reducing net annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by up to 25 million tonnes below current forecasts by 2050.
- By 2030, B.C.’s annual emissions are expected to be reduced by up to 12 million tonnes.
- British Columbia’s 2050 target is to reduce GHG emissions by 80% from 2007 levels.
- The Climate Leadership Plan builds on the work started in 2008 with the release of the Climate Action Plan.
- Under the 2008 Climate Action Plan, B.C. became the first jurisdiction in North America to introduce a revenue-neutral carbon tax and to have a carbon-neutral public sector.
- In September 2016, B.C.’s carbon tax won the UN Framework Convention for Climate Change’s Momentum for Change award, and was hailed by the UN as “an example worldwide for innovative carbon pricing.”
- B.C. supports a national carbon price, and increasing that price together in an affordable way, once other jurisdictions catch up to British Columbia.
- Revenue neutrality remains the core principle of B.C.’s carbon tax. The tax can increase only if it remains revenue-neutral and every dollar is returned to citizens in the form of tax relief.
- British Columbia has 68,165 clean-economy jobs, a 12.5% increase since 2010 (West Coast Clean Economy 2010-2014 Jobs Update – Delphi Group, 2015).
- B.C.’s clean economy GDP rose to $6.31 billion by 2014, a 19.3% increase from 2010. (West Coast Clean Economy 2010-2014 Jobs Update – Delphi Group, 2015).