British Columbians deserve a forward-thinking clean growth strategy that will accelerate the transition to low-carbon energy, curb carbon pollution, and secure economic prosperity: Karen Tam Wu. Tourism Vancouver photo.

BC clean growth future can secure prosperous, low-carbon future

By Karen Tam Wu

This letter to the editor by the Pembina Institute was published by the Cowichan Valley Citizen on September 21, 2018.

This fall, the BC government is expected to release its clean growth strategy. It’s a must-seize opportunity for the province to secure a prosperous, low-carbon future.

Transparency and accountability are critical to ensuring successful implementation of the clean growth strategy. We’ll need to monitor our progress and adjust our plans over time.

BC already has some key monitoring and reporting mechanisms in place or forthcoming, including 10-year emissions targets, a commitment to introduce sectoral targets, and legislated requirements for biennial progress reports.

The government should build upon these tools with carbon budgeting by sector; detailed, publicly released plans for achieving BC’s carbon budget; independent verification of progress; and the evaluation of policies and projects with regard to their impact on the carbon budget.

British Columbians deserve a forward-thinking clean growth strategy that will accelerate the transition to low-carbon energy, curb carbon pollution, and secure economic prosperity.

About the author: Karen Tam Wu is the managing director of British Columbia at the Pembina Institute. She is also a member of the B.C. government’s Climate Solutions and Clean Growth Advisory Council.

Karen leads initiatives to advance clean energy solutions and improve energy efficiency in B.C. and across Canada. Previously, Karen worked with First Nations, communities, government, and industry on important conservation initiatives in B.C.