Study claims B.C. LNG exports would reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions

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CALGARY, A.B. — A joint study by researchers from the University of Calgary and Johns Hopkins University says that while an LNG industry in B.C would result in higher greenhouse gas emissions in the province, the selling of that natural gas to overseas developing countries would actually result in lower greenhouse gas emissions overall.

Dr. Sarah Jordaan with Johns Hopkins University in Washington explained that since the province can’t control what occurs in other countries, the provincial government does need to make sure domestic emissions don’t get too high. She said that concerns about domestic emissions are valid, as the development of an LNG export industry would cause an increase of greenhouse gases.

However, Dr. Jordaan said that the study also found that should coal-fired power plants in China switch to burning LNG from B.C., that would result in a decrease in emissions from that country. She added that combined-cycle natural gas plants, which are able to switch on and off depending on demand from other renewable sources of electricity such as wind and solar, also have a large reduction on greenhouse gas emissions compared to coal.

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Dr. Jordaan did point out that LNG exports from B.C. would only serve to reduce emissions overall in certain circumstances, adding that exporting LNG to Europe would likely increase overall emissions since European countries have been adopting many more sources of renewable energy than in Asian and developing countries.

The full report can be read below.


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