Tuesday, April 11, 2023

Metro Vancouver Climate 2050: Energy Roadmap

Last week, I posted about Metro Vancouver Nature & Ecosystems Roadmap. This Roadmap is part of a series of roadmaps for the Metro Vancouver Regional District Climate 2050 strategic framework. The framework is the Regional District’s response to climate change adaptation and greenhouse gas reduction. Today, I will highlight the key strategies and initiatives from the Energy Roadmap.

If the region can implement the measures in this Roadmap, we will reduce energy usage by 25% from 2010 levels and increase clean energy usage to 84% of all energy used in Metro Vancouver by 2050.

Potential Impact of the Strategies and Actions Described in the Climate 2050 Roadmaps. Select the graph to enlarge. Source: Metro Vancouver.
  • Plan for the Transition to Clean, Renewable, and Resilient Energy
    • Align British Columbia’s Energy Objectives with Strong Climate Action
    • Strong Climate Mandate for Energy Utilities
    • Revise Utility Regulation to Align with Strong Climate Action
    • Long-term Planning Scenarios for the Transition to 100% Clean, Renewable Energy
    • Regional Climate Action in Energy Utility Regulatory Processes
    • Implement Tracking, Verification, and Reporting Requirements for Renewable Natural Gas Supply
    • Reduce Energy Poverty (Racialized, recent immigrant, and Indigenous households have just access to affordable clean energy)
    • Transition Regional District’s Energy Use to 100% Clean, Renewable Energy
  • Accelerate Electrification
    • Set Electrification Rates to Encourage Switching from Natural Gas for Heating
    • Time-of-Use Rates, Demand Response Programs, and Electric Vehicle Peak Reduction Programs
    • Modernizing the Electrical Grid
    • Resolve Regional Grid Constraints
    • Establish High-Performance Heating and Cooling Equipment Import and Sale Standards
    • Minimize Air, Land, and Water Impacts on New Renewable Energy Projects
  • Increase Sustainable Production of Low Carbon Biofuels and Hydrogen
    • More Stringent Low Carbon Fuel Standards
    • Implement Renewable Gas Content Requirements
    • Prioritize Sustainability in Biofuel Feedstock
    • Create a Regional Hydrogen Hub to Produce Low Carbon Hydrogen
    • Create Regional Sources of Liquid Biofuels
    • Develop Local Sources of Sustainable Aviation Fuel
    • Streamline Emission Requirements for Anaerobic Digestion Facilities
    • Expand Anaerobic Digestion of Agricultural Waste
    • Phase Down Use of Thermal Coal and Petroleum Coke
    • Make the Regional District a Renewable Energy Provide
    • Innovative Research on Optimizing Energy Recovery from Waste Streams
  • Limit Expansion of Fossil Fuel Production
    • Account for the Full Climate Impact of Fossil Fuel Production and Export Projects
    • Eliminate Subsidies and Public Financing for Fossil Fuels
    • Just Transition Plan for Workers and Communities Engaged in the Fossil Fuel Industry
  • Protect Existing Energy Systems from Current and Future Climate Impacts
    • Comprehensive Climate Risk and Vulnerability Assessment
    • Prepare for Regional Disruption due to Extreme Weather Events
    • Protect and Increase the Resilience of Existing Regional Energy Generation & Distribution Infrastructure
    • Ensure Critical Regional Infrastructure has Backup Power
  • Build New Energy Systems that are Climate Resilient
    • Design for Climate-Resilient Energy Infrastructure
    • Pilot Innovative Renewable Energy & Storage Systems to Improve Resiliency
    • Pilot test the viability and utility of bi-directional vehicle chargers with zero-emission vehicles

While the Roadmap will require the collaboration of First Nations governments, the federal government, regional districts, and local governments to be successful, it won’t get off the ground without strong support from the provincial government.

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