Restaurants protest Vancouver zero-emission plan that targets end to natural gas

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Vancouver’s Zero Emission Building Plan has shone fresh light on council’s ambitious plan to wean the city from all fossil fuels by 2050 and it already has city restaurateurs simmering. Because electricity supplied in Vancouver is more than 97 per cent from renewable sources, “the focus of this plan is on reducing demand for fossil fuel-based natural gas, used primarily for space heating and hot water,” the document reads. Also, the Renewable City Strategy adopted last year sets a goal of eliminating natural gas use in the city by 2050. News that natural gas use would be curtailed sparked “anger and outrage” in the food service community, according to Ian Tostenson, CEO of the B.C. Restaurant and Foodservice Association.

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RANDY SHORE – VANCOUVER SUN – SEPTEMBER 23, 2016.

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