Metro Vancouver: Local innovation is key to regional air quality initiatives

METRO Vancouver’s Take care of the air 2022 highlights new innovations to address climate challenges and celebrates 50 years of the region’s air quality service.

“Our commitment to protecting our region’s air quality and the health of our residents has remained unwavering over the past five decades,” Sav Dhaliwal, chairman of Metro Vancouver’s board of directors, said Thursday.

“The newest Take care of the air demonstrates how available technology to monitor air quality and reduce emissions is constantly improving, allowing us to maintain our steadfast focus on protecting air quality for future generations.”

Care of the air 2022 introduces a number of Sustainability Innovation Fund initiatives aimed at accelerating climate action and improving the region’s air quality, including:

An emerging technology called hydrothermal processing that can turn sewage biomass into low-carbon fuels for transportation

The regional Retrofit Accelerator program, which will create a resource hub to support large building owners and increase the number of deep carbon building retrofits needed to successfully meet greenhouse gas emission reduction goals

Research monitoring forest health disruptions for early signs of stress from climate change and providing insights into how we can ensure forest ecosystems continue to provide environmental services such as carbon dioxide removal and storage

The report also includes tips on how to prepare for the wildfire smoke season, information on bylaws and regulations updates, pathways to zero-carbon transportation and zero-emission buildings, and a summary of overall air quality in 2021.

“Our air quality has a direct impact on the quality of life in our region and the overall well-being of residents today and in the future,” said Adriane Carr, chair of the Metro Vancouver Climate Action Committee.

“We must address the threat of climate change with careful planning, decisive action and comprehensive policies. This latest Take care of the air shows that with the clean air plan and Climate 2050 roadmaps, we are protecting and improving one of our region’s greatest resources: clean air.”

In 2021, the Metro Vancouver Board approved the clean air plan and a commitment to regional carbon neutrality by 2050. This includes actions to reduce regional greenhouse gas emissions and deliver air quality health benefits estimated to be worth up to $1.6 billion.

Since 1972, Metro Vancouver has been responsible for managing and regulating air pollution in the region under delegated authority from the British Columbia government Environmental Management Act.

The regional district enforces regulations related to industrial, commercial, and residential air emissions, sets air quality goals, monitors regional air quality, and responds to air quality complaints.

Article supplied from Canada Today, Mason Regan

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