Integrated Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas Management Plan Progress Report
Jan 30, 2015
Metro Vancouver has released a progress report for its Integrated Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas Management Plan. The Plan, adopted in 2011, sets a vision of healthy, clean and clear air for current and future generations by; protecting public health and the environment, improving visual air quality, and minimizing the region’s contribution to global climate change.
For almost all air pollutants, concentrations have been decreasing since 2005; annual ozone levels have increased slightly due in part to increased global background levels. In 2013, the Air Quality Health Index in Metro Vancouver’s Southwest air region, which includes Delta, was rated Low Risk 99.8% of the time.
Metro Vancouver has highlighted several priorities in achieving its vision of healthy air that relate to Delta, including:
- Continued involvement in the environmental assessment reviews of major projects such as the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 expansion, the Surrey Fraser Docks Direct Transfer Coal Facility, and the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project,
- Continued monitoring of coal dust in Delta, White Rock and on the North Shore,
- Continued exploration for opportunities to find users of biogas generated from the Vancouver Landfill,
- Continued support to municipalities in diverting organic food waste from the garbage stream by assisting in calculating carbon credits for additional organics diversion activities, and
- Continued support of research in Burns Bog, with the goal of restoring its natural ecosystem and turning the bog into an area where carbon is removed from the air via sequestration.
View the complete Progress Report.