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City of Burnaby commits to bold emissions reduction targets

Burnaby City Council has declared a climate emergency, directing staff to develop a plan with a clear path to deliver carbon-neutrality by 2050.

“A warming climate endangers everything from our local economy to the well-being of our citizens,” said Mayor Mike Hurley. “Transitioning to carbon neutrality will enhance our environmental health, resilience and sustainability.”

The city has also committed to ambitious new targets for reducing carbon emissions.

City of Burnaby emissions targets

  • 45% reduction by 2030
  • 75% reduction by 2040
  • Carbon neutrality by 2050

“It's important we recognize this climate crisis, and the necessity for urgent action to transition to a new energy economy,” said Councillor Colleen Jordan, Chair of the Environment and Social Planning Committee.

Burnaby is now aligned with the targets set by the International Panel on Climate Change to keep global temperature rise to a maximum of 1.5 degrees Celsius. These targets are also consistent with targets set at the regional, provincial and national level.

City staff will now prepare a framework outlining ‘Big Moves and Fast Track Actions’ to accelerate emissions reductions in Burnaby across all sectors.

This framework will build on current efforts to reduce carbon emissions in the city. These include developing a City Corporate Energy Strategy, an updated Transportation Plan, and moving forward with the Public Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Pilot Project.

For more information contact:
Ed Kozak
Director Planning & Building
604-294-7249 | edward.kozak@burnaby.ca

Dipak Dattani
Director Corporate Services
604-294-7771 | dipak.dattani@burnaby.ca

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