Vancouver to shift to 100% renewable energy sources

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By 2050, the City of Vancouver will run on 100 per cent renewable energy.

City Council voted unanimously Wednesday night to shift Vancouver’s energy use to 100 per cent renewable energy sources by 2050, aimed at removing greenhouse gas production and curbing climate change.

“Cities around the world must show continued leadership to meet the urgent challenge of climate change, and the most impactful change we can make is a shift toward 100% of our energy being derived from renewable sources,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson in a statement.

“The future of Vancouver’s economy and livability will depend on our ability to confront and adapt to climate change, and moving toward renewable energy is another way that Vancouver is working to become the greenest city in the world.”

The Mayor’s motion asks that staff to report back in fall 2015 with a timeline for the shift.  It also requests that Vancouver act as an advocate for an international agreement that commits to 100 per cent renewable energy sources.

Currently, 32 per cent of Vancouver’s energy comes from renewable sources.

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