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With sights set on carbon neutrality before the year 2050, engineering and planning staff from Vancouver asked city council members for concessions that, if allowed, would dramatically reduce the city’s carbon footprint. These asks, taking the form of six general goals, have the potential to make an unprecedented impact, Susan Lazaruk reports: the “[p]lan would work out to 90,000 [tons] a year in a reduction of carbon, compared to 19,000 [tons] a year the city has reduced between 2007 and 2017.”
A drastic shift in emissions could be made possible by sweeping and impactful changes in the way the city functions, which is exactly what city officials have in mind. Their goals generally fall into two categories: changes in patterns of transportation and large scale infrastructural (or environmental) revamps.
Lazaruk summarizes their six "big moves" as follow:
The report also included a list of 53 smaller, more immediately actionable items to be accomplished by 2050. The city of Vancouver’s short-term plans are promising too, shares Lazaurk. "The city is also aiming to phase out fossil fuels by 2023 by switching its non-emergency fleet sedans to zero emission vehicles and its mowers and leaf blowers to electric or zero emissions technologies." At this time, the city of Vancouver is working to create a carbon budget and establish a working group dedicated to climate and equity.