Climate Change Action Plan

The Climate Change Advisory Group is leading the development of Engineers and Geoscientists BC's first Climate Change Action Plan that will give the organization an appropriate and methodical approach to addressing climate change issues related to the practice of professional engineering and geoscience.

This plan will provide a framework for how Engineers and Geoscientists BC can better support its registrants in their professional practice, and allow Engineers and Geoscientists BC to respond to climate change issues proactively rather than reactively.

Background

The earth’s climate is changing at an unprecedented rate, and this presents new and evolving challenges, risks, and opportunities that will need to be considered by registrants in the fulfillment of their professional responsibilities.

At the 2018 Annual General Meeting, a motion was brought forward to the Engineers and Geoscientists BC Council to consider undertaking and putting the necessary resources into the development of a comprehensive action plan that will provide direction on the roles and duties of registrants in addressing the issue of a changing climate. In response to this motion, Council has directed the Climate Change Advisory Group to develop a Climate Change Action Plan.

To ensure this action plan is flexible, scalable, and responsive to the breadth of professional practice of registrants, Engineers and Geoscientists BC is planning an engagement process to gather feedback and input into the plan. The engagement process will take place between February and June, 2020 and there will be several forums – such as written submissions, focus groups, and webinars – for registrants, industry professionals, and the wider professional community to participate.

The insights and information gathered throughout this engagement process will be used to inform the development of a preliminary Climate Change Action Plan, which will then be submitted to Council for approval in November, 2020.

Discussion Paper

As this is Engineers and Geoscientists BC's first Climate Change Action Plan, we are seeking input from a wide range of stakeholders. To help frame the engagement process, a Discussion Paper has been developed to solicit views and opinions to inform the objectives, scope, and content of the action plan.

Stakeholders who would like to submit their views and comments on the Discussion Paper are requested to give due consideration to the Guidelines for Written Submissions and are also encouraged to review the association's positions papers on the issue of climate change. Written submissions will be open from Monday, February 10, 2020 until Friday, May 1, 2020. Submissions should be in Word or PDF format. Please email your submission to [email protected] using the subject line ‘Feedback – Climate Change Action Plan’.

Further opportunities for engagement throughout the first half of 2020 will be advertised on this page.

Resources

Discussion Paper

Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question about the climate change action plan? See our list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Questions, comments, and requests for further information can also be directed to [email protected].