Katherine Ramdeen

Independent new candidate for Vancouver city council

 

Do you support raising {your municipality’s} community greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction targets to meet or beat the new province-wide standard of 40% by 2030, 60% by 2040 and 80% by 2050 (percentages refer to a reduction below 2007 levels)? [Note that some cities already match the 80% target but lack interim targets, which are crucial to meeting these goals!]

Yes

 

Will you submit a formal request to council to adopt these targets within one year of being elected?

Yes

 

Are you in favour of transparent, annual measuring and reporting of [your municipality’s] community-wide emissions?

Yes

 

Will you submit a formal request to council to ensure transparent, annual measuring and reporting of community-wide emissions, within one year of being elected?

Yes

 

Will you commit to taking a leadership role in ensuring that city council and staff work with community members, businesses, developers, and other stakeholders to achieve these community-wide targets in a meaningful way and within the specified time frame?

Yes

 

Describe three steps you will take during your first year in office to uphold this commitment.

1. Request council to adopt the emission targets of 40% by 2030, 60% by 2040 and 80% by 2050 and make these our emission goals.

2. Mandate all GHG emissions be measured and reported annually, by industry, with significant cash penalties if not reported.

3. "Mining and upstream oil and gas production are the biggest single contributor, at 7.2 million tonnes, according to the province’s categories. Next are emissions from heavy-duty diesel vehicles at 6.92 million tonnes." source: https://vancouversun.com/business/energy/latest-figures-show-b-c-s-carbon-emissions-continue-to-increase Using this data: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/climate-change/data/provincial-inventory Looks like transport and industry are the largest contributors of GHG in BC, if we can decrease these levels, that'll make a huge difference.

4. Council needs to fund renewable energy projects and initiatives in the city of Vancouver and government must not give subsidies and grants to industries that are heavy GHG polluters. We must assess each industry and using this data, stop the flow of funding to projects and industries that are having a concerning effect on the environment. If we want to shift to 100% renewable energy, we need to invest in 100% renewable energy initiatives.

 

 

You can reach Katherine at ramdeenforcouncil2018@gmail.com

 


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