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Climate Action

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

City Takes Action

Recognizing the dangers posed by the climate crisis, Burnaby City Council declared a Climate Emergency in 2019. This Emergency set new carbon reduction targets for the City for the next three decades:

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

If no action is taken, Burnaby’s carbon emissions are projected to increase over time.

Climate Action Framework has been developed to ensure that climate action remains a high priority and provides a context for the City to meet the aggressive targets established by Council. Working together with the community, Burnaby can become carbon neutral.

Pathway to a Carbon Neutral Community

To reach the 2050 target, actions required include:

  • Building net-zero new buildings,
  • retrofitting older buildings,
  • increasing mobility choices, and
  • shifting to electric vehicles.

In addition, others need to act also to reduce emissions, such as industry, and marine and air travel.

Climate Action Framework

Burnaby's Climate Action Framework sets the roadmap for a cleaner future and must be supported over the long-term by:

  • the City's strong and ambitious carbon pollution reduction targets, aligned with regional targets, that commit the City to an energy transition by or before 2050;
  • implementable Quick Starts, that will be updated as actions are completed and new actions identified;
  • sustained resourcing for climate action, including in operating and capital budgets;
  • support from the community - both residents and businesses; and,
  • strong climate commitments, action and resourcing from senior governments.

Seven Big Moves

Seven Big Moves and associated Quick Start Actions will accelerate Burnaby's climate action so that the City's Climate Emergency targets can be met. Each Big Move currently has three to four associated Quick Starts. These Quick Starts will be updated and reviewed, and new Quick Starts will be added to ensure Burnaby’s transition to a carbon neutral community is continuous and adaptive. The Quick Starts commit to immediate implementation of policy, programs and infrastructure for this energy transition.

Capacity and Resilience

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Emissions Reduction

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Quick Start Actions

Capacity and Resilience

Big Moves

Quick Starts

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  • Develop the City Energy Strategy, create an Energy Transition Team; establish reporting procedures
  • Commit to net-zero new facilities and an internal carbon price
  • Work with partners and advocate for action by others, including senior governments
  • Expand climate awareness, engagement and dialogue

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  • Plan for resilient Urban Villages
  • Prepare for renewable district energy and other renewable energy projects
  • Plan for zero-carbon communities in the upcoming revisions to the Official Community Plan
  • Develop a Climate Adaptation Strategy with associated 10-year capital plan

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  • Enhance and expand streamside areas for urban cooling
  • Increase tree planting and green infrastructure on city boulevards
  • Expand and enhance the urban forest on public land

Emissions Reduction

Big Moves

Quick Starts

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  • Accelerate pedestrian infrastructure improvements
  • Complete detailed design for the Core Cycling Network and begin construction
  • Expand transit priority measures, including bus priority lanes
  • Conduct a bylaw review to remove barriers to multi-modal transportation options

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  • Expand the City's public charging network in all quadrants, including on-street charging
  • Adopt non-residential (e.g. commercial and workplace) EV charging requirements
  • Plan and design for public EV charging at civic facilities

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  • Accelerate the roadmap to net-zero emissions using low-carbon compliance
  • Advance regulations that support net-zero buildings
  • Remove policy barriers to low-carbon construction methods such as mass timber
  • Advance construction and demolition (C&D) policy

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  • Transition from heating permits to heating and cooling permits, with supporting heat pump education
  • Advance low-carbon programs for existing commercial and multi-family buildings
  • Develop a city-wide Zero-Emissions (ZE) Building Retrofit Strategy

A number of Quick Start Actions are currently underway in the City »

Big Move 1 Climate Leadership Big Move 2 Resilient Neighbourhoods Big Move 3 Healthy Ecosystems Big Move 4 Accelerated Mode Shift Big Move 5 Zero Emission Vehicles Big Move 6 Zero Emission Buildings Net Zero New Big Move 7 Zero Emission Buildings Retrofits