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BC needs a clean economy

The science is clear – we have to act urgently to avoid the climate crisis. BC Greens are the only party with a plan that will actually meet our climate commitments while taking full advantage of the economic opportunities that a clean recovery offers.

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Setting the direction 

The B.C. Greens will:

  • Commit to be carbon neutral by 2045, matching California.
  • Set sector-specific emissions targets to ensure industry is contributing their fair share to meeting our climate goals. 
  • Develop a strategy to close the gap to 2030 and set an interim target for 2025 to make sure the government is on track to 2030.
  • Immediately end oil and gas subsidies and redirect that money to spurring innovation, to help grow businesses in BC and help us meet our climate commitments.
  • Prioritize natural climate solutions, protecting and restoring our forests and wetlands to maximize their potential as carbon sinks.

Spurring green innovation and planting the seeds of long-term prosperity

The B.C. Greens will:

  • Establish a $1 billion strategic investment fund to support business innovation that aligns with the province’s goals, with a particular emphasis on supporting innovations that help the shift to a zero carbon economy.
  • Support the creation of a biofuels strategy and clean hydrogen roadmap as part of the energy we use to replace fossil fuels in our transportation sector.
  • Integrate a greenhouse gas emissions lens into all government spending decisions. 
  • Immediately reinstate the scheduled carbon tax increase and return to regular and predictable increases in the carbon tax of $10 per year.
  • Partner in innovation clusters in areas where BC has a strategic advantage, based on the proposal from the Innovation Commissioner’s report.
  • Enact Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)-enabling legislation.

Encourage rapid electrification of transportation

The B.C. Greens will:

  • Enhance the Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) mandate:
    • Accelerate the ZEV mandate to require 100% ZEV non-commercial vehicle sales by 2035;
    • Work with industry to develop additional innovation incentive programs and set new ZEV targets for commercial vehicles and on and off-road medium and heavy duty vehicles;
    • Require BC government agencies to shift to 100% ZEV fleets for passenger vehicles by 2030. 
  • Prioritize investments in electrifying our transit systems, including partnering with the federal government to accelerate support for BC Transit and Translink’s efforts to electrify their bus fleets. 
  • Undertake a comprehensive build out of public charging infrastructure on all highways in the province, particularly in remote and rural BC, to enable EV drivers to travel across BC with ease. 
  • Make ZEV ownership more accessible by removing PST on used EVs.
  • Support electric vehicle charging in multi-unit buildings through a variety of tools, including building code changes and establishing “right to charge” rules to facilitate access to home charging infrastructure for British Columbians living in multi-family buildings.

Clean, sustainable jobs

The B.C. Greens will:

  • Implement a just transition program for workers in the oil and gas sector and other industries in transition, working with them on a pathway to a guaranteed job in the clean economy.
  • Establish a clean jobs plan to help us recover from COVID-19 and get people back to work immediately:
    • This plan would create thousands of jobs enhancing and restoring BC’s natural assets, remediating environmental liabilities, as well as in climate adaptation and improving community resilience to climate change. 
    • As part of this jobs plan, we will work with industry partners to enhance the Clean BC Better Homes, Better Buildings program, including by:
      • Increasing the short-term incentives offered to stimulate retrofits;
      • Accelerating the requirements of the building code and efficiency requirements of equipment to drive long-term action and strengthen the business case for retrofits;
      • Partner with colleges, technical institutes and private organizations to develop training programs to expand employment in the green retrofit space. Programming should focus on supporting those sectors impacted by COVID 19, as well as support the just transition program for workers in the oil and gas sector.

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