Last week, officials in Vancouver announced that they are planning to make Vancouver a 100% dependent city on renewable energy. They will be putting the city one step closer to becoming a world leader in the field of green technology.
This announcement was done at the ICLEI World Congress for the year 2015, which was a sustainability summit. According to the deputy mayor of Vancouver, Reimer Andrea there is a compelling moral imperative and also a fantastic economic case to be a green city.
Officials in Vancouver hope that their target will be met by the year 2030 or 2035. It is anticipated that heating, cooling, and transportation will take the longest time to convert. This decision was taken as a result of a vote by city council in the month of late March.
With this move, the Vancouver is hoping to become the greenest city in the world by the end of 2020, and the latest announcement is just one of the initiatives in the series which have been put in place.
A US$200 million makeover to Vancouver’s Old Stock Exchange building for example will contribute a 35 per cent reduction in energy costs and an 85 per cent reduction in the carbon dioxide emission upon completion till 2016. Many other projects which are under development include decreasing the amount of solid waste going to land fills by half and to plant an extra of 150,000 trees.