British Columbia Greenhouse Gas Action Plan
MEETING THE CHALLENGE OF CLIMATE CHANGE
Dear British Columbian,
We are pleased to present the British Columbia Greenhouse Gas Action Plan.
Scientists are increasingly confident that human activity is contributing to global climate change,
which could seriously threaten our environment and economy.
Climate change is a global problem that can only be addressed through national and international
cooperation. But we cannot expect that level of cooperation without demonstrating our willingness
to act. Fortunately, there are many actions that can be taken now which make good sense, and yield
economic and environmental benefits.
British Columbia is committed to the goal of stabilizing provincial greenhouse gas emissions at
1990 levels by the year 2000. This action plan sets out the measures that the province is taking to
pursue that goal. It also describes some of the many positive steps being made by industry,
communities and the public.
All British Columbians have a role to play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. We encourage
you to do your part in your home, workplace, community and choice of transportation. Our
collective actions today can help ensure a healthy planet for generations to come.
Honourable Anne Edwards
Honourable Moe Sihota
Minister of Energy, Mines
Minister of Environment,
and Petroleum Resources
Lands and Parks
Greenhouse gases (GHGs) include carbo dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O) and
perfluorocarbons (PFCs)1. Over the past 100 years, permanent deforestation, fossil fuel use and
other human activities have greatly increased atmospheric concentrations of these emissions, with
growing signs that they are contributing to global climate change. Global climate change poses a
serious threat, and could have major impacts on the world's ecosystems, economy and society.
In its upcoming scientific assessment, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicts that
average global temperatures could rise 2.5°C by the year 2