FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – BC has now reached carbon neutrality for the sixth straight year. This is helping to lower greenhouse gas emissions while also generating jobs.
The Province was the first and continues to be the only carbon neutral jurisdiction on the continent, according to a press release released today.
“In 2015, British Columbia’s 127 public sector organizations generated approximately 44,000 tonnes fewer greenhouse gas emissions compared to the baseline year of 2010. This is equivalent of taking approximately 9,400 cars off the road.
Since the start of B.C.’s carbon neutral commitment in 2008 to 2014, the provincial offset investment has contributed $372.5 million to the provincial GDP and supported almost 4,500 jobs in person years.”
BC Environment Minister, Mary Polak, says BC will always be a leader when it comes to carbon neutrality.
“As we mark another year of carbon neutrality across B.C.’s public sector, we celebrate a new era of climate leadership throughout our province, our nation and the world. Carbon neutrality supports the #BCTech strategy and is one of many ways we are encouraging emission reductions while, at the same time, creating jobs and economic growth. Our carbon neutral government program will continue to be an important element of our climate agenda through the Climate Leadership Plan.”