VANCOUVER — The Pembina Institute is urging the Province of B.C. to use its recovery and stimulus plans to help create a low-carbon economy that generates jobs and protects the environment.
According to the Pembina Institute, a non-profit think-tank, the B.C. government should ensure that economic relief and stimulus programs enhance and accelerate progress toward the vision and goals of the province’s climate plan, CleanBC.
The institute released Rebuilding a Resilient B.C., its action plan for moving towards this goal. The plan explains four principles for a resilient recovery in B.C. and offers recommendations to support of low-carbon homes, buildings, clean transportation and clean energy.
These recommendations include:
- Position B.C. to be a leading supplier of renewable fuels;
- set B.C. on a path to be a leading producer and consumer of low-carbon and zero-carbon hydrogen;
- grow and train the workforce and develop the supply chain for building retrofits;
- raise incentive caps to deepen retrofits of homes and buildings;
- provide funding for capital and operating costs for transit; and
- invest in active transportation.
“Across Canada and elsewhere, B.C. is being commended for its deft navigation of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Karen Tam Wu, B.C. director for the Pembina Institute in a statement. “Now B.C. has another opportunity to show leadership — by rebuilding the economy to ensure our province’s future resilience.”