Climate Change

Advancing Richmond's Climate Leadership

Help Richmond reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 50% by 2030. 

Some of Richmond’s successes to date
Report to Council
Community Energy and Emissions Plan
Share your ideas at the Community Ideas Fair 

For over a decade, the City of Richmond has been a leader in actively implementing climate change mitigation and adaption measures. Climate adaptation measures (such as dikes) are now being implemented, and will protect Richmond from current projections of climate change impacts out to 2100. 

More importantly, climate change mitigation (reducing greenhouse gas emissions) will limit the impacts of climate change. Mitigating measures, such as compact, walkable neighbourhoods; bike lanes and sidewalks; electric vehicles and more, have the added benefit of creating healthier, vibrant, safer neighbourhoods. 

The City of Richmond is a leader in climate change actions: Richmond has already successfully reduced emissions by 12 per cent city-wide since 2007 through infrastructure and new policies for energy efficient buildings.

In March 2019, Richmond City Council declared a climate emergency in response to the urgent call set out by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), joining more than 600 cities across the world have made similar declarations to drive down their GHG emissions. The City of Richmond will need to further reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to meet the IPCC targets to limit global warming to 1.5°C. 

Some of Richmond’s successes to date

Lulu Island Energy Company

Lulu Island Energy Company, the City’s wholly-owned utility, is on track to become the largest district energy in North America. The City’s district energy systems already provide more than 3.6 million square feet of residential and commercial floor space with energy-efficient and cost-effective energy services.

Organic waste diversion

Richmond has achieved 78% diversion of organic wastes from single family homes, greatly reducing GHG emissions from anaerobic decomposition. The City is ahead of target to achieve a region-wide goal for 80% waste diversion by 2020.

Electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure

A new Richmond requirement that 100% of new residential parking spaces be supplied with EV charging infrastructure is a North American first and an increasingly influential precedent for other local governments.

The City has installed 10 public Level 2 EV charging ports at five different locations in Richmond, with the installation of six additional ports (including two Level 3 ports and a sixth location) planned.

Green Fleet Action Plan

Through implementation of the City’s Green Fleet Action Plan, Richmond was the first local government to achieve an E3 Fleet “Platinum” rating from the Fraser Basin Council.

Energy Step Code

The City played a key role in both developing and implementing the Province’s new Energy Step Code, a new set of “better-than-code” energy efficiency standards for new buildings. Richmond was the first municipality in BC to announce its intent to begin stakeholder consultations on local adoption of the Energy Step Code.

Diking & drainage infrastructure

The City is investing about $11 million annually in diking and drainage infrastructure aimed in part at offsetting the threat of rising sea levels due to global warming and the increasing occurrence of extreme weather events.

Report to Council

Date Report Agenda Item # Meeting Minutes
2019-Mar-18 PDF Document Accelerating Local Action on Climate Change: Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP) Renewal
 3 Minutes

Community Energy and Emissions Plan

In the next few months, the City of Richmond will be asking for your input on renewing the 2014 Community Energy and Emissions Plan to meet the City’s GHG emission targets, consistent with the IPCC’s findings.

Find out more about the 2014 Community Energy and Emissions Plan

Share your ideas at the Community Ideas Fair

Richmond City Hall Galleria, 6911 No. 3 Road
Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Time: 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. (drop by anytime)
Learn about Richmond’s successes to date in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, as guided by the 2014 Community Energy and Emissions Plan. Share your ideas for how the City can renew the plan to reduce GHG emissions by 50% by 2030. Explore the current technologies and initiatives that can help reduce GHG emissions.

Interact with booths and activities which will address key opportunities for reducing GHG emissions, such as: 
  • energy efficiency and GHG emission standards for new buildings
  • low-carbon energy systems in new and existing buildings
  • electric vehicles (EV) 
  • active transportation options (such as walking and cycling)
  • complete communities (where residents can live, work, and play)

Visit all of the stations and receive a coupon for 5 free rides with Ugogo Bike Share, and enter to win an annual Ugogo pass!

More information about the event

  • Interpreters who speak Mandarin and Cantonese will be at the event.
  • Light refreshments will be available. Please bring your own reusable mug for hot drinks.
  • This event is kid-friendly.
  • City Hall is accessible to people who use wheelchairs, mobile scooters, and strollers.

Ways to get to the event

  • Bring your bike! The City of Richmond’s Wheel Watch will be on site. Wheel Watch is a free service that permits you to park bikes, wagons, strollers, etc. in a secured area. The process is similar to that of a coat check.
  • Rent a bike from Ugogo Bike Share (available onsite).
  • Take public transportation. Plan your trip with Translink.
  • An EV charging station is available at City Hall.
  • Free parking.

Contact Information

Volunteer for this event

Interested in helping out? Find out more and sign up here or email

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