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B.C. government asks for public input on clean growth strategy

JOC News Service
B.C. government asks for public input on clean growth strategy

VICTORIA — The Government of British Columbia is asking the public for input on clean transportation, building efficiency and a clean-growth program for industry.

The NDP government and the B.C. Green caucus are working together to create the strategy, which will build on work already underway on emission reduction and green economic growth. The plan will be integrated with the province’s energy roadmap, technology roadmap and Emerging Economy Task Force.

Three intentions papers have been released and are available for discussion until Aug. 24. The papers cover clean transportation, since that sector accounts for 39 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in B.C., as well as building efficiency, since built forms comprise 11 per cent of emissions.

The other 39 per cent of GHG comes from industry, and the B.C. government is consulting on proposed incentives for provincial industries to meet global performance benchmarks and invest in GHG reduction projects.

“Climate change and the world’s response to it will fundamentally reshape the global economy,” B.C. Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver said in a statement.

“There are opportunities to be had from this transition, but they will flow to those who lead, not late adopters. These intentions papers are a step towards implementing a plan that will position B.C. to be a leader in the low-carbon economy.”

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