29 Apr Vancouver commits to 100% renewable energy
Vancouver, a city of 600,000 people on Canada’s west coast is the latest city to commit to running on 100% renewable energy for electricity, heating, cooling and transport. Deputy Mayor Andrea Reimer stated “there’s a compelling moral imperative but also a fantastic economic case to be a green city”. The goal of running on 100% renewables for heating and cooling is likely to be set for 2030 or 2035, with the goal for transport to be set for 2040 or 2050. If national and provincial support was available, the timelines for both in Vancouver could be brought forward. Reimer concluded that whoever was able to develop expertise in shifting to 100% renewable energy would effectively own the 21st century. Vancouver’s ambition is to be the world’s greenest city by 2020, despite Canada having what in Reimer’s opinion was “one of the most environmentally irresponsible national Governments for the last 10 years”.
More than 50 cities have announced that they are working towards 100% renewable energy including San Diego, San Francisco, Sydney, Copenhagen, Fukushima and Munich.