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Climate Change

A Time for Bold Steps on Climate Change

On Sept. 9, 2019, the City of Burnaby took the extraordinary step of declaring a climate emergency. This declaration acknowledges the urgent need to limit the impacts of climate change. The science is clear -- climate change poses a threat to the health and well-being of our citizens, our environment and our economy. The City of Burnaby aims to lead by example on this issue, with a plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. 

Burnaby's Response to Climate Change

The City of Burnaby has set aggressive interim targets to reduce carbon emissions. These targets align with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report, which clarified the need and feasibility of limiting the global temperature rise to a maximum of 1.5 degrees Celsius. They are also consistent with targets set at the regional, provincial and national level.

City of Burnaby carbon emission targets

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

These targets build on the actions outlined in Burnaby’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy (ESS), approved in 2016. The Community Energy and Emissions Plan was also approved in 2016 and includes goals, strategies and actions to reduce carbon emissions across the community.

City staff are preparing 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.

What We're Doing Today:

  • Developing a City Corporate Energy Strategy to reduce corporate climate change pollution and energy use.
  • Updating our Transportation Plan to make it easier for residents to walk, bike or take transit instead of driving.
  • Incorporating green buildings into our Community Housing Strategy, creating infrastructure that has a positive impact on our environment.
  • Encouraging the switch to electric vehicles by requiring all parking spaces in new residential developments to be EV-ready
  • Promoting Urban Agriculture programs, helping to reduce reliance on imported food and associated greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Participating in regional climate initiatives such as the Metro Vancouver Integrated Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas Management Plan and air quality monitoring.
  • Membership in the provincial Climate Action Charter, a commitment to reduce, measure and report on corporate and community carbon emissions.
  • Participating in the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Partners for Climate Protection program, a collaborative initiative of local governments across the country.



  • Environment Awards

    Env Awards pagelet picMoreNominations closed April 3, 2020.
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