Last year forest fires caused air quality warnings over Langley and the rest of Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. (Langley Advance Times files)

Our View: Breathing easier in Langley’s future

Metro Vancouver says the air quality will improve over the next 20 years

Some good news from Metro Vancouver this week – our air quality is going to keep getting better.

The Clean Air Report for 2019 says smog-forming emissions will decline by about 10 per cent from 2015 to 2035, despite the fact that more people are moving here, and most of those people still drive cars.

The reductions come from more fuel-efficient vehicles, cleaner-burning fuels, and projects to try to wean Metro residents off wood-burning fireplaces.

The biggest change will come from car use.

Make no mistake, we’re still producing a lot of smog with our vehicles. In 2015, during the last emissions inventory, it was found that personal vehicles in the region created 4.7 million tonnes of greenhouse gases and 16,000 tonnes of smog-forming pollutants a year.

But greenhouse gas emissions from cars are expected to decline by a full 35 per cent, and smog forming pollutants will be slashed by 70 per cent by 2035.

That’s despite estimates that more vehicles will be on the roads.

Government emission standards are expected to keep tightening for the foreseeable future, and car manufacturers will squeeze more performance from fewer burning hydrocarbons.

While the Clean Air Plan is concerned with climate change, it is also about health and welfare of local residents.

We’re lucky already to live in an area with offshore breezes and lots of trees – but we can also find ourselves penned in between mountains, with the air turning stagnant and smoggy, particularly the farther up the valley you live. Cleaner air is always welcome in this community.


Just Posted

Giddy Up – annual Mustang car show comes to Langley

The Mustang has been on the market for 55 years, and owners gather to celebrate the iconic Ford.

Son of slain former Hells Angel is one of two men sentenced for crime spree

Pair’s 2017 series of Lower Mainland robberies stretched from Surrey to Mission

Debussy, Chopin, Bartok, and a selection of Celtic favourites

‘Music for a summer afternoon’ features live harp and flute performances at Trinity Western House

Vancouver Giants Scouts sticking with team for another season

Contracts extended for Head Scout Terry Bonner and Scouting Director Daryl Anning

Scheer promises EI tax credit for new parents if Conservatives form government

The government currently taxes employment insurance benefits for new parents

Border agents carry out raid at Hastings Racecourse

Dozens were spoken to, witnesses say

B.C. seizes 1.5M grams contraband tobacco, down from 5.75M grams the year prior

The 2019-2020 seizures were a sharp drop compared to the 2018-2019 year,

B.C. Speaker tight-lipped about aide’s legislature security tour

B.C. Liberals question Alan Mullen’s drive across Canada, U.S.

B.C. sets rules for ride hailing, same minimum fee as taxis

Larger operating areas seen as threat by cab companies

B.C. manhunt suspects left cellphone video before they died: family

Family member says Kam McLeod, Bryer Schmegelsky recorded final wishes

Okanagan bus driver assaulted for asking patron not to smoke

59-year-old in hospital with non-life threatening injuries

Most Read