On July 14, 2008, West Vancouver became a Signatory of the British Columbia Climate Action Charter.
The Charter called on BC communities to find ways to tackle the challenges posed by climate change, and to pledge to significantly cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2012.
The Climate Action Working Group was created to prepare and implement a Climate Action Plan for the community and the commercial and municipal operations in West Vancouver.
Guided by the findings and recommendations of The BC Climate Action Charter, the group was challenged to identify and initiate an adoptable set of programs and projects where identifiable reductions take place. West Vancouver has produced an inventory of the District’s GHG emissions, which shows that residents are responsible for 95% of emissions. Therefore, meaningful reductions will require modifying the behaviour and life-styles of residents.