In November 2000, the B.C. Government submitted its first Action Plan on Climate Change to Canada's Voluntary Challenge and Registry (VCR) Inc. The Action Plan presented an inventory of greenhouse gas emissions from government buildings and vehicles (for the 1990 baseline and 1999), established an initial target for emission reduction, and identified a series of actions to achieve the target. The target was to reduce GHG emissions from government operations by 16 percent between 2000 and 2005.
In October 2001, the government's first Progress Report on Climate Change was submitted to VCR Inc. The progress report documented GHG emissions for the year 2000 and described ongoing measures from renewable energy projects to hybrid vehicles for pursuing the emission reduction target.
Since the first progress report, a number of important initiatives have been completed with implications for the government's planned emission reductions. BCBC made its initial VCR submission in February 2004. The Action Plan for Energy Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas Reduction set a new target for BCBC monitored buildings to reduce their energy intensity by 12 percent between 2000 and 2007. It provided an inventory of GHG emissions from buildings and corporate transportation for the years 1990 and 2000-2002, and outlined a program of energy retrofits and other measures to realize the energy intensity reduction target.
Also during 2004, the government finalized a comprehensive climate change plan containing 40 actions to reduce GHG emissions across British Columbia. A key component of Weather, Climate and The Future: B.C.'s Plan (climate change plan) is government leadership, with consistent actions to cut emissions in provincial buildings, transportation fleets and services, and general purchasing.
In June 2005, BCBC submitted a progress report on its Action Plan to the Canadian GHG Challenge Registry. The report documented emission results for 2003 and 2004 and progress towards meeting the 2007 target.
All of the above documents have helped inform preparation of the B.C. Government Operations Greenhouse Gas Progress Report 2001-2004. This report describes progress on reducing emissions in government buildings and transportation, restates the commitments to energy and emission reduction, and updates ongoing and planned measures to achieve the targets.