Climate Change

Tackling climate change requires a range of actions—to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and also to prepare for the impacts that it will bring to the District.

By dedicating large swaths of forest as the new Whyte Lake Park in 2014, the District of West Vancouver achieved carbon neutrality for five years with respect to corporate greenhouse gas emissions. While this gives us some breathing space, there remains much more to be done to reduce actual greenhouse (GHG) emissions.

The District has been reducing energy consumption in public facilities and improving fuel efficiency in the operation of fleet vehicles, recognizing that lowering actual GHG emissions is key to achieving lasting impacts.

However, the data shows that about 95 per cent of West Vancouver’s GHGs are generated by the community, and 54 per cent of those GHGs come from heating homes.

Now, the municipality is asking residents to shift their thinking too, especially around housing, transportation, land use and waste reduction.

Take Action against Climate Change

Tackling climate change will require a range of actions—to reduce GHG emissions and also to prepare for the impacts that it could bring to the District. There's many simple things you can do to help. More Information

Sea Level Rise

Another product of climate change is sea-level rise. It is estimated that by 2100, the sea in English Bay could rise by as much as one metre and inundate significant portions of West Vancouver’s waterfront. More Information

Community Energy & Emissions Plan

BC municipalities are legislatively required to adopt targets, policies and actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the community. The District has a Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP) to meet this requirement in a defensible and diligent manner. More Information

Contact

David McKee
Energy Manager

604-921-3468

Email

Community Involvement

Key science, resource and policy issues make climate change and energy security important to address today and protect future generations. 

In 2014 the District appointed a citizen working group to develop a Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP) for the District.

The plan addresses the challenges of climate change and energy security in a manner that maximizes opportunity for residents, businesses and institutions.

Media Release

District of West Vancouver achieves carbon-neutral status—again.

Media Release

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