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B.C.’s long-term climate plan

B.C. has unveiled its long-awaited plan for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

B.C. Premier John Horgan and Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver revealed the framework in Vancouver, joined by Environment Minister George Heyman and Energy Minister Michelle Mungall.

The climate plan is part of the province's goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent by 2030, 60 per cent by 2040 and 80 per cent by 2050.

The reductions outlined in Wednesday's plan, however, only fulfil 75 per cent of that 2030 target.

The province said the remaining 25 per cent will be worked out over the next 18 to 24 months.

Cleaner cars and cleaner buildings — as well as incentives for people to afford the shift  — were highlights of the plan.

It said every building built in B.C. will have to be "net-zero-energy ready" by 2032, meaning efficient enough that their total energy needs could be met with renewable energy sources like solar panels.

As previously announced, B.C. is also allocating $400 million to support retrofits and upgrades to existing homes and office buildings, including incentives for homeowners to pay for renovations to things like windows and heat pumps.

A Clean Communities fund will also be available to remote communities, so residents can apply for grants to upgrade existing housing in their neighbourhoods.

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