BC Climate Action Secretariat
British Columbia’s climate action goals are a key part of achieving the government’s Great Goal of leading the world in sustainable environmental management. As a reflection of the significance of the issue to the government and in recognition of the fact that the issue of climate change cuts across all ministries, all levels of government, and all aspects of daily life, the government established the BC Climate Action Secretariat (BC CAS).
The BC Climate Action Secretariat, situated within the Office of the Premier, is the central government agency responsible and accountable for meeting the Province’s greenhouse gas reduction targets by co-ordinating climate action activities across government and with stakeholders. The Secretariat has a mandate to ensure an innovative, co-ordinated and effective approach to climate action in British Columbia.
The BC Climate Action Secretariat will:
- co-ordinate and facilitate best practices research and policy on climate action across government ministries;
- advise and support the Cabinet Committee for Climate Action (CCCA);
- establish engagement processes with First Nations, municipalities, other governments, industries, environmental organizations, and the scientific community, to facilitate their input into the planning process;
- assess incentives and other fiscal and financial mechanisms to lead and drive the change envisioned;
- recommend the allocation of federal EcoTrust funding to support British Columbia projects that will help significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions;
- lead and co-ordinate the carbon neutral public sector initiative;
- co-ordinate the development of a public outreach and strategic engagement program to mobilize citizens and partners;
- establish and support the Climate Action Team and its deliverables;
- establish and support the Citizen’s Conservation Council;
- develop and facilitate the implementation of a regional cap and trade system and standardized offsets program;
- develop necessary adaptation strategies and procedures for the province;
- lead and support the development of all required climate action related legislation and regulations;
- work with international, national, and regional partners to forward climate action goals; and
- establish the BC Carbon Trust.