In Canada, the city of Vancouver has released its Renewable City Strategy in a bid to adopt 100% green energy by 2050, with the implementation of clean energy generation and smart grid technologies.
The City of Vancouver has set a target to reduce greenhouse emissions by 80% below 2007 levels, which are equivalent to 1990s carbon levels.
Vancouver currently obtains 31% of its electricity from clean energy sources. It adds that the biggest obstacle in 2014, in terms of energy usage is that 45% of the city’s energy came from natural gas, predominantly for space heating and hot water, reports Clean Technica.
24% of its energy needs were fulfilled with gasoline for vehicle use.
Smart city retrofits
In order to achieve its clean energy generation goals, the city plans to replace nearly 40% of its existing buildings with new structures that adhere to carbon neutral standards.
Some of the existing structures have also undergone retrofits in a bid to bring their energy performance up to the standards of the newly constructed buildings.
Renewable on-site generation also forms a key part of Vancouver’s clean energy strategy – in that building emissions are expected to be reduced further through the use of solar power, air-source heat pumps or geo-exchange systems and bio-methane.
The implementation of innovative financing mechanisms will allow for greater uptake of wind and solar generation.
The use of carbon tax revenues and environmental levies will also raise revenues for clean energy funds, which can be used as direct investment, tax relief, and other supporting mechanisms toward renewable energy investment, reports the clean energy website.
In terms of transportation, Vancouver expects that: “by 2050 about 25% of Vancouver’s personal vehicles would be electric using renewably generated electricity, 45% plug‐in hybrids using renewable electricity and sustainable biofuels, and the remainder conventional hybrid vehicles running on sustainable biofuels.”