Vancouver, Canada, has become the latest city to commit to running on 100 percent renewable energy. Following a City Council vote on March 26 in favor of making the switch, the city formally announced its commitment late last week at the ICLEI World Conference 2015 in Seoul, South Korea. Vancouver now joins a list of more than 50 cities worldwide that have pledged to run on 100 percent renewable energy, not only for their electricity needs, but for heating and cooling as well.
Currently, 32 percent of Vancouver’s energy needs come from renewable sources. Electricity alone is as high as 90 percent renewably-sourced, but heating, cooling and transportation drag the figure down. Vancouver City Council’s motion discussed 100 percent renewable sources for electricity, heating and cooling, but reports suggest that council staff have been tasked with investigating transport as well. Council staff have been given until several months to report back with a workable timeline for implementation. It is anticipated that the target date will be around 2030 to 2035.
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