This week, the Vancouver city council approved plans to shift the city’s economy to 100% renewable energy by 2050. The city’s strategy is at two-pronged approach of cutting edging, while also increasing the supply of renewables.

Licensed under CC - credit Flickr user: cliff hellis
Licensed under CC – credit Flickr user: cliff hellis

It’ll be a substantial target to try to meet. In 2014, only 31% of Vancouver’s energy came from renewables.

The council outlined a number of areas of focus, including zero emission standards for new city buildings and transitioning to an electric vehicle fleet.

Vancouver is widely regarded as an innovative, progressive city with a thriving startup culture. While enabling policy is still required to transform the city’s economy towards a more regenerative structure, in the case of renewables, the city council taking a lead should be a positive shift.

Source: City of Vancouver plans to shift to 100 per cent renewable energy by 2050

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