Climate Action Secretariat

The Climate Action Secretariat is the central agency responsible for:

•            leading and coordinating research, analysis, development and implementation of programs, policies and legislation enabling mitigation of and adaptation to climate change;

•            working collaboratively with other orders of government, research institutions, non-governmental organizations, and professional and industry associations to achieve provincial climate change goals; and

•            leveraging its experience and expertise to help other jurisdictions accelerate their own related strategic and tactical efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

The Carbon Neutral Government Program is among the climate action initiatives that the Secretariat oversees. Through the Program, B.C. became the first jurisdiction in North America to take full responsibility for the greenhouse gas pollution released from the operations of every ministry, school district, post secondary institution, health authority and Crown corporation. 

The Program enables the province’s public sector organizations (“PSOs”) to fulfil the requirements of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act and the Carbon Neutral Government Regulation. The legislation requires all PSOs to measure their emissions, plan and take action to reduce emissions, offset residual emissions to net zero, and report annually on all of the foregoing. Early in its mandate, the program focussed on measurement and reporting compliance to ensure the integrity of its public reporting. Its strategic focus is currently in the process of shifting to one of enabling PSOs to accelerate their emission reductions and better prepare for climate change.

The Climate Action Secretariat is the central agency responsible for:

•            leading and coordinating research, analysis, development and implementation of programs, policies and legislation enabling mitigation of and adaptation to climate change;

•            working collaboratively with other orders of government, research institutions, non-governmental organizations, and professional and industry associations to achieve provincial climate change goals; and

•            leveraging its experience and expertise to help other jurisdictions accelerate their own related strategic and tactical efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

The Carbon Neutral Government Program is among the climate action initiatives that the Secretariat oversees. Through the Program, B.C. became the first jurisdiction in North America to take full responsibility for the greenhouse gas pollution released from the operations of every ministry, school district, post secondary institution, health authority and Crown corporation. 

The Program enables the province’s public sector organizations (“PSOs”) to fulfil the requirements of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act and the Carbon Neutral Government Regulation. The legislation requires all PSOs to measure their emissions, plan and take action to reduce emissions, offset residual emissions to net zero, and report annually on all of the foregoing. Early in its mandate, the program focussed on measurement and reporting compliance to ensure the integrity of its public reporting. Its strategic focus is currently in the process of shifting to one of enabling PSOs to accelerate their emission reductions and better prepare for climate change.

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