Two years ago, Vancouver city council approved a strategy to move the community off fossil fuels by 2050. For some, and given our current reliance on petroleum and natural gas, the city’s goal represents the unattainable. But none among those who study the issue contests the idea that the city can be powered and fuelled solely from renewable energy. Energy-modelling work done by both Navius Research, which was used as a foundation for the city’s Renewable City Strategy, and Simon Fraser University’s Energy and Materials Research Group confirm this possibility by 2050. Never mind the fact that a number of jurisdictions from around the world are also planning for 100-per-cent renewable energy, community-wide — including Portland, Ore., Victoria and Saanich. To be sure, there is a long road ahead. A report from the City of Vancouver pegs the community at 30-per-cent renewable and 70-per-cent fossil-fuel use. But to better understand Vancouver’s prospects, we need to take a deeper look at the future trends and opportunities for power, movement and heat.
Vancouver Sun 5th Nov 2017 read more »