Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly is the city of Vancouver proposing to do?

As part of their Renewable City Strategy, the City of Vancouver aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% below 2007 levels before 2050, as well as obtain100% of the energy used in Vancouver from renewable sources before 2050.

When will these changes come into effect?

May 1, 2017 for all new buildings and any facilities currently relying on natural gas for a variety of needs. With additional measures being enacted upon existing natural gas installations in March, 2018.

How will the economy be affected by these changes?

Vancouver is already an expensive city. While green goals are important, so is finding a way to keep housing and owning a business affordable. A ban on natural gas means higher costs, job losses, and less choice for Vancouver’s residents, families and businesses.

Aren’t natural gas prices increasing this year?

Due to market conditions, rates regulated by the BC Utilities Commission went up by approximately $7 per month for the average user. They then plateaued and as of April 1 2017, there has been no increase. In fact, natural gas prices, with a few bumps, have been declining since 2008. However you stack it though, the cost of natural gas is much less than what the same user would pay by switching to electricity.

But I want to reduce greenhouse gases. I care about the environment.

So do we. And we agree that the reducing carbon emissions is a positive step. However, without consulting residents and industry experts, the City has decided, on its own, to dictate energy technologies for the next thirty years. By doing so, it has basically shut down research and development of new, potentially more efficient solutions that could meet the City’s goals without sacrificing the city’s residents.

I don’t use natural gas. Why should I care?

Banning of natural gas will affect all residents of Vancouver as the increased costs to businesses that use natural gas will lead to increased prices and taxes for consumers. Restaurants use natural gas to cook. Schools use natural gas to heat classrooms. Hospitals use natural gas to sterilize equipment. TransLink has invested for years now in natural gas-powered vehicles. The cost of living in a city already so expensive to live in will only go up.

Tell Mayor Gregor Robertson and City Hall #NoGasBan in Vancouver!

Save My Natural Gas is a coalition of concerned residents and small business owners across Vancouver and throughout the Lower Mainland. We are focused on: raising awareness of this important issue; urging the City of Vancouver to engage in meaningful community consultation on energy choices; and encouraging the City to reconsider its costly and impractical ban on natural gas.