Vancouver pledges to run on 100% renewable energy
Monday, April 13, 2015, 3:44 PM - On Friday, officials announced plans to make Vancouver 100% dependent on renewable energy -- putting the city one step closer to becoming a world leader in green technology.
The announcement was made at the ICLEI World Congress 2015, a sustainability summit.
“There’s a compelling moral imperative but also a fantastic economic case to be a green city,” Vancouver's deputy mayor Andrea Reimer told the Guardian.
Officials hope the target will be met by 2030 or 2035. It's expected heating, cooling and transportation will take the longest to convert.
The decision was made following a unambitious vote by city council in late March.
WORLD'S GREENEST CITY
Vancouver is hoping to become the greenest city in the world by 2020 -- and the latest announcement is just one of a series initiatives that have been put in place. A $200 million makeover to the city's Old Stock Exchange building, for example, will boast a 35 percent reduction in energy costs and an 85 percent reduction in CO2 emissions upon completion in 2016. Other projects underway include reducing the amount of solid waste going to landfills by half and planting an additional 150,000 trees.