Vancouver Announces It Will Go 100 Percent Renewable by 2035

Vancouver downtown night, Canada BC - © DenysKuvaiev

OFF GRID NEWS: Good news. Vancouver has announced the it will use 100% renewable energy by 2030 to 2035. Right now the city runs on about 32% renewable energy. The announcement comes in the wake of a fuel spill in Vancouver’s English Bay. Perhaps the realization of environmental problems, and the pressure from the world for cities to be more environmentally responsible has spurred on the announcement of these changes. Welcome changes. Good changes. We’d like to say it’s about time. Vancouver, thank you!

Vancouver downtown night, Canada BC – © DenysKuvaiev

On March 26, Vancouver’s city council voted unanimously to approve Mayor Gregor Robertson motion calling for a long-term commitment to deriving all of the city’s energy from renewable sources. At the ICLEI World Congress 2015 this week in Seoul, South Korea, the city went a step further, committing to reaching that goal of 100 percent renewable electricity, transportation, heating and air conditioning by 2030 or 2035.

Cities around the world must show continued leadership to meet the urgent challenge of climate change, and the most impactful change we can make is a shift toward 100% of our energy being derived from renewable sources,” Robertson said in a statement after his motion passed. Vancouver joins cities like San FranciscoCopenhagen, andSydney, which have also pledged to work toward 100 percent renewable energy.

 ~Think Progress