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Richmond receives Climate Action Award

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 12:02 PDT, Mon October 7, 2019

Last Updated: 12:36 PDT, Mon October 7, 2019

The City of Richmond’s first-of-its-kind Electric Vehicle (EV) infrastructure requirement has been recognized with a Climate and Energy Action Award from the Community Energy Association. The award was presented by the provincial Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources at the annual Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM) conference on Sept. 25. 

“To the best of our knowledge, the City of Richmond was the first city in North America to implement this type of policy.” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “In the past 18 months, Richmond’s leadership has influenced many of the region’s large municipalities to also adopt similar EV charging infrastructure requirements for 100 per cent of new residential parking spaces.”

In December 2017, the City of Richmond was the first municipality to enact a policy requiring that 100 per cent new residential parking spaces be equipped with Level 2 electric vehicle charging capacity, featuring an energized, 208-240 volt outlet at each parking stall. This electric vehicle infrastructure requirement was introduced to help the City of Richmond achieve its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by encouraging more sustainable transportation options. 

The Climate and Energy Action Award recognizes climate leadership of BC local governments.

This is the second award the City of Richmond has received in recognition of its EV infrastructure requirement; in September 2018, the City was honoured with the UBCM Community Excellence Award for governance. 

For more information about the City of Richmond’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure requirements, visit  www.richmond.ca/sustainability/energysrvs/electricvehiclecharge.htm. 

The Community Energy Association organizes the Climate and Energy Action Awards annually in partnership with the Province of BC, Union of BC Municipalities, BC Hydro, FortisBC, and Real Estate Foundation of BC. The Community Energy Association organizes the Climate and Energy Action Awards annually in partnership with the Province of BC, Union of BC Municipalities, BC Hydro, FortisBC, and Real Estate Foundation of BC. For more information about the Community Energy Association, visit http://communityenergy.bc.ca.

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