BC’s public sector is officially carbon neutral, a first for any province or state in North America and an achievement that places British Columbia on the leading edge of climate action and growth in the clean energy and clean technology sectors.
Under the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act, since 2008, all public sector organizations have reported annually on their plans and actions taken to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Since 2011, all public sector organisations also report their total GHG emissions for the calendar year as well as offset investments made to achieve net-zero emissions. These reports are known as Carbon Neutral Action Reports (CNARs).
By mid-2013, Langara achieved 33% reduction compared to the 2007 baseline year, meeting the provincial target seven years ahead of time. At the end of 2014, Langara was at 44% reduction compared to 2007. At the end of 2015, Langara was at 51% reduction compared to the 2007 baseline. Langara is now working towards the next target: an 80% reduction compared to 2007 by 2050.
Langara College's 2016 Carbon Neutral Action Report is now available.