The province’s efforts include protecting the air and water in B.C., which according to Premier Christy Clark, is a priority for the ministry. This includes implementing a greenhouse gas emissions standard that is lower than any other LNG facility in the world; which will be achieved by flexible options for leading companies, including purchasing offsets and contributing to a technology fund.
“British Columbia is taking another step in global environmental leadership – the cleanest LNG facilities in the world will help the largest GHG-emitting nations reduce their emissions, and improve their air and water quality,” Minister Polak said in a written statement. “The export of B.C. LNG is both an economic and an environmental opportunity for the province. As the cleanest-burning fossil fuel, natural gas is part of a global climate solution.”
Based on what the province calls a review of leading jurisdictions, B.C. is also implementing new interim ambient air quality objectives for nitrogen dioxide and sulphur dioxide for all new and expanding industrial facilities that are consistent with the proposed benchmark.
“These objectives establish levels for emissions to the air to protect human health province-wide,” Minister Polak writes.”
Minister Polak adds, “There is no point in establishing an LNG industry in B.C. if we can’t protect the environment – we want to enable safe development with great environmental standards. We have a proud heritage of developing the oil and gas industry in this province to world-leading standards. This pride and commitment to the environment guides us as we take this next, big step with LNG.”
The province concludes by saying these actions and incentives alone do not end the need for climate action, and to that end, the provincial government is committed to working with industry to reduce emissions in the upstream.
“New measures in every sector are going to help B.C. reach its long-term climate change goals in tandem with the build-out of the LNG industry. The province will be releasing its plans to achieve this in the coming months.”