B.C. Environment Minister George Heyman has completed a new Climate Change Action Plan, which controls huge greenhouse gas emissions in the first phase of the LNG Canada project, but diminishes the chances that the main industry will grow on the west coast of Canada.
In October, a final investment decision was announced for the 40 billion-dollar Canadian LNG Canada project. Green light is a result of the region's long-term efforts to provide this new LNG industry, including a series of tax breaks, tariff support and infrastructure financing. The decision that is being launched hopes that the province will create a niche as a provider of global climate solutions.
But the project creates an important challenge for the climate change targets in Britain, Columbia, and comes as the government tries to revive the backwardness of the B.C. In the last decade, the province had to abolish laws on reducing carbon emissions by 2020.
The first stage of LNG Canada will be responsible for approximately 9% of the total emissions permitted for the landscape in 2030. The planned second phase has not yet been approved.
When creating a space for LNG Canada, obstacles to a dozen or more such projects are still on the books B.C. become higher. If they were to be cleaned, all further LNGs listed by state officials would likely rely on the emerging technology of electric drives. This method uses less polluting electricity to run liquefaction plants, but not for natural gas. The new technology is not widely used.
"The design of one big one and one small project can be everything with which the NDP can be eliminated, and then they will put up barriers," said economist Philip Cross, a senior associate at Resource Works, a research team that received some funding from the Business Council of Britain Columbia.
Electric drive in many cases today will not be feasible, he said, but added that it is difficult to expect how new technologies will look like, decades ago.
This is far from the vision that former Prime Minister Christy Clark announced at least five JCE installations, which are expected to create a billionth dollar billion-dollar well-being fund.
The Government of the NDP has set the legal goals for 2030. In order to meet them, the Climate Change Plan will be g. Heyman, due to be released in early December, has demanded a steep reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from consumers and businesses in order to respond to an increase in emissions from LNG Canada.
New targets for 2030 require that emissions of greenhouse gas emissions in the province are reduced by 40 percent from the 2007 level.
This means that for liquefied natural gas projects, which are still in parts of B.C. – including the planned second phase for LNG Canada – the possibility of building a second project, such as LNG Canada's Kitimat facility, are thin.
LNG Canada intends to use traditional, gas turbine drivers for an energy-intensive process of transforming gas into liquid. The project will generate 3.45 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per year from branch to terminal, more than half of which will be gas turbines.
Energy Minister Michelle Mungall said that potential investors in the LNG said that new projects would have to meet the objectives of climate action in the province.
"One of the things that they see as a result is whether their industry could adapt to these goals, for example, if 100 percent were electrified," she said in an interview.
On the October report with a senior B.C. state officials who adopted the technology of electric drives were described as a minimum requirement to consider all new LNG projects.
"It will be a table for every new factory in the LNG system," the official said. "There will be a lot of electrification."
One minor B.C. The proposal, Woodfibre LNG near Squamisha, industry experts believe it is short-term viable. Woodfibre predicts that its terminal operations could deliver 121,800 tonnes of greenhouse gases per year.
This is the only other project that government officials have identified as adjusting to the Climate Change Action Plan at this point.
Green Party leader Andrew Weaver said that Mr Heyman can not say "yes" to any additional LNG without compromising his climate plan.
"It's a big joke," he said. "You can not have a plan for climate change and increase greenhouse gas emissions."
Mr Weaver's support for the climate plan is crucial to maintaining the power of the minority government in the NDP government.