The British Columbia government announced the ‘CleanBC Roadmap to 2030′ climate action strategy. The changes include transitioning to 100% zero-emission vehicle sales by 2035 announced earlier this year, and a carbon tax hike.
The previous climate action strategy included a provincial target for 100% zero-emission vehicle sales by 2040. However, the new revision aligns the provincial target with the federal government’s national target for 2035.
In addition, the government will roll out new and expanded strategies to help support the zero-emission vehicle target. This includes having at least 100,00 public EV charging stations by 2030.
As well, the strategy includes a focus on transitioning medium and heavy-duty vehicles to zero-emission.
Transportation is not the only focus of the strategy.
The government made changes in the BC Building Code to ensure all new buildings are zero-carbon by 2030. This can be met through electrification, use of natural gas or connection to low-carbon energy district systems.
In addition, the strategy includes hiking British Columbia’s carbon tax starting in 2023 so that it meets or exceeds the federal government’s carbon price requirements.
The CleanBC Roadmap to 2030 plan is the first revision of the British Columbia climate action strategy.
To read the CleanBC Roadmap to 2030, visit cleanbc.gov.bc.ca.