British Columbia led the way in absorbing zero-emission vehicles in North America, increased the number of public charging stations in the province by 50% in one year, and eliminated the province’s largest fossil fuel subsidy—just three major areas where progress has been made on climate action, as shown. In the 2022 Climate Change Accountability Report.
“The Climate Change Accountability Report is a cornerstone of our climate transparency and accountability, as it provides a full accounting of government climate action, spending and results,” said George Heymann, Minister for the Environment and Climate Change Strategy. “More importantly, it outlines the progress we’ve made toward our legislative goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and how our county is preparing for the impacts of climate change.”
The report provides updates on progress on a wide range of CleanBC programs to reduce emissions, build a cleaner economy, and prepare for the impacts of climate change during the 2021-22 fiscal period. It confirms that despite some technical changes from the federal government’s National Emissions Inventory and modeling updates, BC is expected to largely meet its 2030 target. The accountability report provides new data on progress across sectors such as transportation, industry, buildings and communities, and public services.
- In the transportation sector, electric vehicles (EVs) accounted for 13% of new light vehicle sales in 2021, surpassing the government’s original target for 2025 of the highest consumption rate for new electric vehicles in North America.
- BC’s public electric vehicle charging network has continued to expand, totaling more than 3,000 public charging stations at the end of 2021, an increase of 50% over the previous year.
- Renewable fuel use increased by more than 100 million liters to more than 900 million liters in 2021.
- CleanBC Better Homes and Better Buildings programs have expanded incentives to make heat pumps affordable. More than 15,000 rebates were spent in 2021, up 36% from the previous year. The county also introduced an income-qualifying version of the program to offer higher rebates, of up to 95%, to low-income families.
- The province has nearly doubled investment in emissions reduction projects through the Clean Industry Fund to more than $90 million. This builds on a three-year track record of investing more than $300 million from the county, industry and partners to build a cleaner economy. The total investment is expected to reduce more than 6 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, the same as removing about 130,000 cars from the road each year.
- Methane emissions in 2020 for the oil and gas sector have fallen significantly since 2014, putting British Columbia on track to meet the government’s 45% reduction target by 2025.
- BC has launched a new Climate Action Program for Local Governments and New Treaty States, providing up to $25 million annually in line with commitments in the CleanBC Roadmap to 2030 in May 2022.
British Columbians expect their governments to be transparent and accountable when it comes to climate action and this latest Climate Accountability Report does just that. It informs where progress toward the targets is taking place, and where more needs to be done, said Nancy Olehweiler, co-chair of the Climate Solutions Council and professor at Simon Fraser University’s School of Public Policy. “The Climate Solutions Council provides independent advice through our publicly available annual report and advice letters on where action is needed to ensure BC emissions targets are met and improve transparency and accountability to the public.”
British Columbia is committed to meeting its 2030 emissions targets in line with the Paris Climate Agreement. CleanBC’s roadmap includes accelerated and expanded action, and is informed by recommendations from the Climate Solutions Council, an independent advisory group that includes members from First Nations, environmental organizations, industry, academia, youth, labor and local government.
The roadmap is designed to be flexible and adaptive along with the climate accountability process in order to effectively respond to external events with policy adjustments when needed.
To read the entire 2022 Climate Change Accountability Report, visit: gov.bc.ca/2022climatechangereport
To read CleanBC’s roadmap to 2030, visit: https://cleanbc.gov.bc.ca/