City of Burnaby reports substantial progress on Climate Action

Last updated: October 8, 2021

The City of Burnaby is making progress in the battle against climate change and in its bid to make Burnaby a carbon neutral community by 2050. The 2020-21 Burnaby Climate Action Plan Progress Report, received by City Council on September 20, outlines progress made in a number of areas to reduce carbon emissions from City operations and to help Burnaby residents lead lower carbon lives.

“We were reminded again this past year by extreme weather events that we’re in the midst of a climate crisis,” said Mayor Mike Hurley. “It’s been two years since council declared a climate emergency, and we’re pleased to see our words turned into actions and to know that real progress is being made towards achieving our important carbon reduction goals.”

The Climate Action Progress Report summarizes progress in seven key areas of transition, or “Big Moves,” laid out in Burnaby’s Climate Action Framework, adopted by Council in July 2020. In addition, the report provides a status update on a series of associated “Quick Starts” – near-term actions such as policies, programs and infrastructure projects that will help the City meet its longer-term targets.

Climate Action “Quick Starts” undertaken in 2020-21 include:

  • Developed and began implementing the City Energy Strategy to reduce carbon emissions from City operations and to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040 – 10 years ahead of the carbon neutrality goal for all of Burnaby.
  • Initiated the review process for the Bainbridge and Lochdale Urban Village Community Plans.
  • Enhanced and expanded streamside areas to aid urban cooling and initiated a city-wide ravine study.
  • Launched the Tree4Free program, planting boulevard trees where requested by residents and complementing the City’s own tree planting program.
  • Advanced development of the Burnaby Transportation Plan to enhance connectivity and encourage “mode shift” to more sustainable forms of transportation.
  • Installed 28 public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in park and civic facility parking lots.
  • Advanced the application of the Green Building Policy, which lays the foundation for constructing zero-emission buildings in Burnaby.
  • Joined Benchmark BC, becoming one of the first municipalities in the province to collect, monitor and publish building energy consumption and carbon emissions over time.

The Climate Action Progress Report also emphasized that citizens need to do their part in order for Burnaby to reach its carbon reduction goals, and suggested various actions such as:

  • becoming a community climate leader and leading by example
  • making more trips by sustainable modes – walking, rolling or cycling
  • making energy saving home renovations or retrofits
  • purchasing and driving an electric vehicle

Read the full 2020-21 Burnaby Climate Action Plan Progress Report.

Learn More: Burnaby.ca/ClimateAction

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