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Low carbon innovation centre established for Metro Vancouver region

The centre will be established by Simon Fraser University’s Renewable Cities programme and aims to accelerate urban climate solutions through research, capacity building and financial tools.

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Vancouver approved the Climate Emergency Action Plan last year
Vancouver approved the Climate Emergency Action Plan last year

The City of Vancouver, Metro Vancouver and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has chosen Simon Fraser University’s (SFU) Renewable Cities programme to establish a regional Low Carbon Cities Canada (LC3) Innovation Centre.

 

The centre aims to accelerate urban climate solutions through research, capacity building, and innovative financial tools.

 

Climate action goals

 

The Metro Vancouver LC3 Centre is expected to launch in September 2021 and will operate as a non-profit entity that will help cities across the region meet their climate action goals. It will be funded through a $21.7 million endowment from the federal government, which will be used to identify, finance, and scale up local climate solutions such as building retrofits and electrification of transportation.

 

The LC3 Centre will seek to partner with other levels of government, non-profit organisations, and the private sector, to maximise its impact and leverage the endowment.

 

The federal endowment for the Metro Vancouver LC3 Centre is part of a $183 million initiative called Low Carbon Cities Canada. LC3 supports cities and communities in reaching their carbon emissions reduction potential, while improving public health and the local economy. This initiative, implemented in partnership among seven local centres and FCM, is funded by the Government of Canada.

 

Over the next eight months, SFU’s Renewable Cities will be leading stakeholder engagement and strategic planning work to establish and launch the Metro Vancouver LC3 Centre. Input will be gathered from a range of stakeholders, including local and provincial government, industry, non-profit organisations, and the finance sector, to ensure the centre prioritises local needs and opportunities.

 

“In November 2020, Vancouver City Council approved the Climate Emergency Action Plan, which provides a roadmap to scale-up local climate action and reduce our carbon pollution by 50 per cent by 2030,” said mayor Kennedy Stewart. “The Federal funding to create the LC3 centre will boost our ability to develop and invest in new local solutions and support innovation as we continue to reduce carbon emissions from buildings and transportation, which are key priorities of our accelerated climate work.”

 

Low Carbon Cities Canada (LC3) is a partnership between seven local centres – Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and Halifax – and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities intended to accelerate urban climate solutions and help Canada meet its 2030 and 2050 carbon reduction targets.

 

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