About Energy and EmissionsThe City of Richmond is committed to addressing climate disruption and increasing the energy security of our community. The City’s 2041 Official Community Plan establishes aggressive, but achievable, targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 33 per cent by 2020 below 2007 levels, and 80 per cent by 2050. Likewise, Council has endorsed a goal to reduce energy use 10% below 2007 levels by 2020.
These goals can be realized while creating economic opportunity, reducing our community members’ spending on energy, and building a healthier, more liveable city. The City of Richmond is pursuing energy and emissions reductions in a variety of ways:
- The Richmond Carbon Marketplace is a pilot program that City of Richmond launched in June 2015, that is aiming to support the greenhouse gas emissions reduction in the Richmond community, through partnerships with Richmond business.
- In 2014, the City adopted its Community Energy and Emissions Plan, outlining strategies to reduce our energy use and climate change impacts.
- The City has established District Energy Systems to provide affordable, low-emissions heating and cooling services to a growing number of buildings in our community.
- Energy Save Richmond is helping households and businesses reduce energy spending in a variety of ways, including the Richmond Energy Challenge.
- The City is showing leadership through active energy and emissions management in City buildings and vehicles.