40% less emissions in 2030?

B.C.'s Ministry of Environment and Climate Change plans to seek input from residents in the coming months on its "ambitious" climate action plan.

Environment Minister George Heyman stated the plan for consultation on Tuesday in an editorial sent to media.

Last month, Heyman introduced changes to the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act, which will aim for an 40 per cent reduction of greenhouse gas levels by 2030, compared to 2007 levels.

The act was introduced in January of 2008 with a goal to drop emissions in B.C. by 80 per cent in 2050.

"It's an ambitious goal," the minister acknowledged, noting carbon pollution in B.C. has increased in four of the past five years. 

The act's original target was to cut emissions by 33 per cent in 2020, but in 2015 the Liberal government announced that was no longer possible.

"We can and must do better... We know there is wide acceptance of the overwhelming evidence of human impact on climate," Heyman said. 

"The success of our new climate strategy will be when awareness is aligned with actions that create jobs and opportunities for clean growth."

Further details on how the public consultation process will look were not revealed, but Heyman said "your input and advice will inform and shape our actions."

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