Watch a slideshow to learn about transportation technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Use a worksheet to explore questions about the future of transportation and its impact on climate change.
Transportation relies heavily on fossil fuels and is responsible for about a third of B.C.’s greenhouse gas emissions. These emissions increase global warming and the impacts of climate change. More trade and online shopping increases shipping and transportation of goods, as well as more passenger vehicles, means that transportation plays a big role in Earth’s changing climate.
CleanBC is a government of B.C. provincial plan for a cleaner, more renewable and sustainable future. Cleaner transportation is a focus, including increasing active transportation networks, making electric cars more affordable and shifting to renewable fuels. By 2040, every new car sold in B.C. will be a zero-emission vehicle. In B.C., the vast majority of electricity comes from water, a renewable energy source. The move to electric cars helps the shift to renewable fuels in transportation.
Electric vehicles in B.C. make up a small percentage of overall vehicles, but plug-in electric sales went up by over 50 per cent in 2017, showing an increasing interest in them. Switching from fossil fuel vehicles to ones powered by clean hydroelectricity is an effective way to reduce carbon emissions. Innovation and new technologies to address driving range, battery storage and charging stations are ongoing to improve the performance of electric vehicles. As well, municipalities are working to address the infrastructure needed to support electric vehicles. Learn more about electric vehicles at PlugIn BC.
Active transportation uses our own energy to get from one place to another; this includes biking, walking, skateboarding, etc. It’s a healthy way to move, and it reduces greenhouse gas emissions, vehicle trips, congestion and air pollution. School districts, municipalities and cities are planning for active transportation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide safe and healthy travel options for communities.