What has the City done so far?
Help Richmond reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 50% by 2030
For over a decade, the City of Richmond has been a leader in actively implementing climate change mitigation and adaption measures. Climate adaptation measures (such as dikes) are now being implemented, and will protect Richmond from current projections of climate change impacts out to 2100.More importantly, climate change mitigation (reducing greenhouse gas emissions) will limit the impacts of climate change. Mitigating measures, such as compact, walkable neighbourhoods; bike lanes and sidewalks; electric vehicles and more, have the added benefit of creating healthier, vibrant, safer neighbourhoods.
The City of Richmond is a leader in climate change actions: Richmond has already successfully reduced emissions by 12 per cent city-wide between 2007 and 2015 through local actions (e.g. compact development, district energy and new policies for energy efficient buildings), as well as policies enacted by senior governments and utilities.
In March 2019, Richmond City Council declared a climate emergency in response to the urgent call set out by the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) - joining more than 600 cities across the world that have made similar declarations – and directed staff to gain feedback from residents and stakeholders regarding GHG reduction targets and measures consistent with limiting global average warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial temperatures.
The City has set the target of reducing GHG emissions in Richmond by 50% by 2030, and net-zero GHG emissions by 2050.
Lulu Island Energy Company
Lulu Island Energy Company, the City’s wholly-owned utility, is on track to become the largest district energy in North America. The City’s district energy systems already provide more than 3.6 million square feet of residential and commercial floor space with energy-efficient and cost-effective energy services.
Organic waste diversion
Richmond has achieved 78% diversion of organic wastes from single family homes, greatly reducing GHG emissions from anaerobic decomposition. The City is ahead of target to achieve a region-wide goal for 80% waste diversion by 2020.
Electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure
A new Richmond requirement that 100% of new residential parking spaces be supplied with EV charging infrastructure is a North American first and an increasingly influential precedent for other local governments.
The City has installed 10 public Level 2 EV charging ports at five different locations in Richmond, with the installation of six additional ports (including two Level 3 ports and a sixth location) planned.
Green Fleet Action Plan
Through implementation of the City’s Green Fleet Action Plan, Richmond was the first local government to achieve an E3 Fleet “Platinum” rating from the Fraser Basin Council.
Energy Step Code
The City played a key role in both developing and implementing the Province’s new Energy Step Code, a new set of “better-than-code” energy efficiency standards for new buildings. Richmond was the first municipality in BC to announce its intent to begin stakeholder consultations on local adoption of the Energy Step Code.
Diking & drainage infrastructure
The City is investing about $12 million annually in diking and drainage infrastructure aimed in part at offsetting the threat of rising sea levels due to global warming and the increasing occurrence of extreme weather events.
Report to Council
|Date||Report||Agenda Item #||Meeting Minutes|
|Jan 20, 2020||Community Energy and Emissions Plan 2020-2050 Directions||1||Minutes|
|Mar 18, 2019||Accelerating Local Action on Climate Change: Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP) Renewal||3||Minutes|
In January 2014, City Council adopted Richmond’s Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP), which sets strategies to manage energy use and reduce carbon emissions.In the next few months, the City of Richmond will be asking for your input on renewing the 2014 Community Energy and Emissions Plan to meet the City’s GHG emission targets, consistent with the IPCC’s findings.
Find out more about the 2014 Community Energy and Emissions Plan.