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Climate Change

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Climate Action is a priority.
A number of Quick Start Actions are currently underway in the City. Find out more »

A Time for Bold Steps on Climate Change

The City of Burnaby took the extraordinary step of declaring a climate emergency on September 9, 2019. 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 have created a framework outlining ‘Big Moves and Quick Start 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:



  • Environment Awards

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