Government Climate Initiatives

 Government Climate Initiatives

Here are some climate initiatives that have been taken by the BC provincial government, by local governments, by the federal government, and at the international level

Climate Data 

Climate Change Indicators 

Provincial GHG Emissions Inventory  

Greenhouse Gas Industrial Reporting and Control Act (2016) – established greenhouse gas emissions reporting requirements and enabled the ability for standards to be developed for industrial facilities or sectors, including a compliance and enforcement regime. Three regulations exist under the Act: Greenhouse Gas Emission Reporting Regulation: Industrial facilities that emit over 10,000 tonnes of GHG emissions per year must report their emissions; Greenhouse Gas Emission Control Regulation: Operators who fail to meet their GHG emissions standards purchase offsets; Greenhouse Gas Emission Administrative Penalties and Appeals Regulation: Outlines administrative penalties for non-compliance.

Clean Economy

B.C. has the opportunity to reach our emissions reduction goals while building a clean economy that is ready for a net zero emissions future. Around the world, investors and governments are investing trillions into an economic transition that focuses on protecting the environment and building a stronger, more equitable economy. Through CleanBC, the Province is helping spur innovation and technical change that can meet the growing global demand for cleaner products and services. Together with industry and partners we’re embracing the new approaches needed to meet our climate goals and create new low-carbon economic opportunities. 

Stronger BC 20 April 2021 Budget—Backgrounder

Stronger BC September 2020

Climate Action and Accountability

2020 Climate Change Accountability Report 



The CleanBC Roadmap to 2030 (October 2021):

Climate Action and Legislation: 

Through CleanBC, the Province works with a range of partners to reduce emissions, create opportunities and manage risks from our changing climate. Each year, government publishes a climate change accountability report with the latest details on CleanBC actions and information on B.C.’s progress to our greenhouse gas targets. 


CleanBC March 2019 Report

CleanBC 2018 Climate Action Plan—Our Nature Our Power, Our Future

Supporting the Development of CleanBC: 2020 Updated Report for Assessing the Impacts of CleanBC Policies 

Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy 

Inter-Government Collaboration 

Climate Change and Action

Climate Action Secretariat

The Climate Action Secretariat, a branch of the Environment and Climate Change Ministry, monitors environmental impact of provincial activities and coordinates the planning and implementation of adaptive measures in response to climate change.

Climate Solutions Council  Participants: Indigenous, Labour, Industry, Environmental NGO’s, Academics, Municipal.

Community, Regional and International collaboration on climate change:  .

Indigenous Peoples 

Indigenous Communities Adapt 

Indigenous Engagement on Environmental Assessment Revitalization 

Indigenous Climate Adaptation Technical Working Group Application (Reposting for Omineca and Northern B.C.) 

Indigenous Peoples & LNG

Clean Transportation

Whether it’s getting the kids to school or getting goods to market, transportation is a big part of daily life. To keep reducing our emissions as our economy and transportation needs grow, B.C. is taking action through CleanBC to accelerate the move to lower-carbon transportation and prepare our transportation networks for climate impacts. 

Zero-Emission Vehicles Act 2019: Requires automakers to meet an escalating annual percentage of new light-duty zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) sales and leases: 10% of light-duty vehicle sales by 2025, 30% by 2030 and 100% by 2040; to ensure a greater availability of ZEVs at more affordable prices in B.C. 

CleanBC Active Transportation Strategy 

Clean Transportation Policies & Programs 

2020 Annual ZEV Update

Renewable and Low Carbon Fuels  

BC Public Light-Duty Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Study 

Buildings and Communities

Through CleanBC the Province is raising the standards for new construction, encouraging energy-saving improvements in existing homes, schools and workplaces, and supporting communities in reducing greenhouse gasses and preparing for the effects of climate change. 

The B.C. Energy Step Code (2017) A voluntary provincial standard for low energy  buildings beyond the requirements of the base BC Building Code. It is measurable, performance-based energy-efficiency. and

The B.C. Building Code (2018)  Introduced new energy-efficiency requirements for houses and small buildings. 

Paving the Road to 2030 and Beyond: Market Transformation Roadmap for Energy Efficient Equipment in the Building Sector



Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation

Electricity & Alternative Energy 

Comprehensive Review of BC Hydro—Phase 1 

Comprehensive Review of BC Hydro—Phase 2 Interim Report   

Site C: 

Site C Clean Energy Project 

Petroleum and Natural Gas Royalties: 


Climate Action for Agriculture 

Planning for Biodiversity: A Guide for BC Farmers and Ranchers 


Future of BC’s Food System 

Climate Change Adaptation Pathways Framework: Supporting Sustainable Local Food in BC 

Climate and Agricultural Initiative BC 

Regional Agricultural Adaptation Plans (Climate and Agriculture Initiative BC) 



Forest Carbon Strategy 2016-2020 

Interim Assessment Protocol for Forest Biodiversity in BC, Sept. 2020 

Forest Carbon Initiative  


The Future is Here: An Urgent Call to Defend Nature, Stabilize the Climate and Transitioning to Post-Carbon Prosperity, 2017 (Sierra Club BC)

Environmental Reporting BC

Public Engagement on Environmental Assessment Revitalization

Forests (non-governmental)

Forestry and Carbon in BC (Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition, Feb. 2019)

Carbon Tools & Resources for Climate Mitigation in Forestry 

Clearcut Carbon: A Sierra Club Report on the Future of Forests in British Columbia, December 2019 

Air & Water



Biodiversity, Fish & Wildlife

Climate Change Vulnerability of BC’s Fish and Wildlife: First Approximation 

Climate Adaptation

Climate Preparedness and Adaption Strategy—Draft Strategy and Phase 1 Actions for 2021- 2022

Preliminary Strategic Climate Risk Assessment  

Canada’s Climate Change Adaptation Platform

Climate Change Adaptation: Tools & Resources

Climate Adaptation (non-governmental)

Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium, UVic 

Local Government


Local Government (Green Communities) Statutes Amendment Act (2008) –  supports local governments in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, conserving energy and working towards creating more compact and sustainable communities. The amendments require GHG emission reduction targets in local Official Community Plans and Regional Growth Strategies.

Local Government Climate Change Adaptation  

Local Government Climate Action Charter 

Government of Canada

Net-Zero Climate Accountability Act (Bill C-12) 

2021-22 Departmental Plan: Environment and Climate Change Canada

Canada in a Changing Climate: The national assessment of how and why Canada’s climate is changing; the impacts of these changes on our communities, environment, and economy; and how we are adapting.

Canada’s Climate Retrofit Mission: Why the Climate Emergency Demands an Innovative-oriented Policy for Building Retrofits 

A Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy: Canada’s Strengthened Climate Plan to Create Jobs and Support People, Communities and the Planet, 2020 

Climate Change Reports 

Canadian Centre for Climate Services 

Map of Adaptive Action—Case Studies 

Canada’s Climate Change Adaptation Platform (2016): 


Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

United Nations Climate Change Reports 

Toward a National Adaptation Strategy for Canada: Key Insights from Global Peers (IISD, June 2021) 

Many thanks to Sharon Quigley for compiling this info!