BCGEU Joins B.C. Companies, Organizations, and Cities in Call for Bold New Climate Leadership Plan

November 24, 2015

The BCGEU is proud to join a coallition of B.C. companies, organizations, and cities in a call for a bold, new Climate Leadership Plan released today.

"The B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union believes in climate leadership. We need an ambitious, forward-looking provincial plan that fights climate change by developing clean energy sources and boosts the economy by creating good, green jobs. We need action on climate change now!" — Stephanie Smith, President, BCGEU

Joint Release:

B.C. companies, organizations, and cities call for bold new Climate Leadership Plan

Province can’t afford to delay the transition to a clean energy economy

VANCOUVER — As Premier Christy Clark prepares to attend the United Nations climate-change conference in Paris, British Columbia’s government is also gearing up to release its draft Climate Leadership Plan. Following Alberta’s positive announcement over the weekend, groups representing over 1,000 companies, organizations and cities are asking the B.C. government not to squander this opportunity to bring forward ambitious new measures to fight climate change.

Released today, the Call for Action on Energy and Climate seeks bold measures that will lead to a “province powered by clean energy” and provide “protection from a changing climate”. Its 145 signatories include the cities of Vancouver and Victoria, B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union, Clean Energy B.C., the Canadian Wind Energy Association, Concert Properties, the Pembina Institute, UBC, and National Geographic Society explorer-in-residence Wade Davis.

“We can’t afford to delay. Now is the time to lead the transition to a clean energy economy,” the joint declaration states.

Meanwhile, 77 companies, organizations and cities have thrown their support behind a more detailed statement urging the province to take action to reduce carbon emissions from homes and buildings.

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Urban Development Institute Pacific Region, and Pembina Institute spearheaded the Call for Action on Energy and Climate in the Building Sector. Its signatories would like to see the province set clear targets for the energy performance of new buildings. The cities of Vancouver, Victoria and Powell River have endorsed the statement. The City of North Vancouver, Richmond and Smithers are tabling resolutions to endorse it as well.

“By pursuing these opportunities, we can reduce our carbon footprint while saving money, creating local jobs, and opening export markets for B.C.-made components and designs. We can also ensure all British Columbians live and work in buildings that improve community health, happiness, and productivity,” the buildings statement says.

The B.C. government is expected to release the draft Climate Leadership Plan in December, followed by a 60-day public consultation. The final Climate Leadership Plan is slated for public release in March 2016.