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Air Quality and Climate Change Basics
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Integrated Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas Management Plan
Vision and Goals
Strategy 1.1
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Performance Measures

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Integrated Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas Management Plan 

Metro Vancouver adopted the Integrated Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas Management Plan (IAQGGMP) in October 2011.

 Integrated Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas Management Plan

The IAQGGMP sets the following vision, goals, strategies, actions and performance measures for the region:

Goal 1: Protect human health and the environment
Reducing emissions of particulate matter (including diesel particulate matter) and its precursors, as well as ozone precursors from the major sources in the Lower Fraser Valley airshed will protect the health of Metro Vancouver residents and the environment. The following strategies and actions will achieve this goal.









Goal 2: Improve visual air quality
Visual air quality refers to our ability or inability to see through the atmosphere as a result of air quality conditions, excluding those associated with meteorological conditions like fog or rain. Reducing emissions of particulate matter and other contaminants, such as ammonia, that lead to secondary fine particulate matter formation, will improve visual air quality. Improving the clarity of views in the Lower Fraser Valley airshed will improve the well-being of residents and benefit the tourism industry. The following strategies and actions will achieve this goal.





Goal 3: Minimize the region’s contribution to global climate change
Reducing the region’s greenhouse gas emissions will minimize our contribution to global climate change. Local actions are imperative to achieve greenhouse gas emission reduction targets and mitigate global climate change. In the process we can make the region more efficient and improve the quality of life for residents by reducing our exposure to common air contaminants, reducing the negative effects of rising global energy prices, and supporting the development of a regional green economy. The following strategies and actions will achieve this goal.









The IAQGGMP also sets performance measures which will be used to monitor progress toward the Plan’s goals over the next decade.

Adaptive Management
Implementation of the strategies and actions in the IAQGGMP will be reflected in annual work programs and budgets, and the annual Action Plan under the Sustainability Framework. Metro Vancouver will develop and periodically update an implementation framework in collaboration with its partners. A progress report will be prepared every two years and the Plan will be reviewed every five years.

A key feature of the IAQGGMP is adaptive management – monitoring progress, identifying challenges and finding solutions to overcome those challenges. Through monitoring, assessment and collaboration with partners, Metro Vancouver will continue to adapt its programs in response to technological advance, changing regulatory regimes, air quality episodes, and other issues.

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