What are the roles of equity, justice, and democratic process as the City of Vancouver moves forward with its energy planning?
According to the World Energy Council, energy equity is about accessibility and affordability of energy supply across the population. While cities are demonstrating climate and energy leadership, they will need to do so while ensuring affordability of renewable energy.
Vancouver has both an ambitious energy plan, as well as acute affordability issues. Is there a risk that greater use of renewable energy in the City of Vancouver will impose unequal economic burdens on different segments of the community? Could the energy plan compromise the City’s goals for social equity? What are the roles of equity, justice, and democratic process as the City moves forward with its energy planning?
Councillor Andrea Reimer, City of Vancouver
Ananda Lee Tan, Organizer, Facilitator, Trainer and Guide
Alex Boston, Principal and Senior Planner, Boston Consulting