Shifting Gears: Climate Solutions for Transportation in Cities, Metro Vancouver Case Study
David Suzuki Foundation
Authored by: Jonn Axsen, Michael Wolinetz
Climate solutions, Cities British Columbia, sustainable transportation, greenhouse gas emissions, fossil fuels, climate change
Metro Vancouver, British Columbia and Canada are at a pivotal moment to act on the climate crisis. Hundreds of thousands of people have been marching in the streets. More than 400 communities throughout the country have declared climate emergencies. With transportation accounting for 45 per cent of Metro Vancouver’s total emissions, low-carbon transportation solutions are a vital part of meeting the public demand for effective climate policies.
The report presents evidence-based transportation solutions that could have a powerful effect in reaching Canada’s Paris Agreement commitments and a proposed national target of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The report finds that a low-carbon fuel standard, zero-emissions vehicle mandate and vehicle efficiency/emissions standards come out on top as priority mitigation policies.
Policy-makers need to consider priority measures as part of a broader, comprehensive policy mix that includes land-use planning and improvements to the built environment, active transportation and public transit.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY — Shifting Gears: Climate Solutions for Transportation in Cities, Metro Vancouver Case Study
We’re at a pivotal moment to act on the climate crisis. Transportation accounts for some of the highest carbon emissions. Low-carbon transportation solutions are vital to meeting public demand for climate action. This is the executive summary of a report that looks at the most effective policies in low-carbon transportation for B.C. and Metro Vancouver to reach 2030 and 2050 carbon emission targets.