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New emissions cap on B.C. LNG facilities comes into force

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The Government of British Columbia (B.C.), Canada, has announced that the new Greenhouse Gas Industrial Reporting and Control Act (GGIRCA) has come into force. This will cap emissions at LNG facilities in B.C. The cap can be met by using flexible options that serve as incentives for people to invest in reducing emissions at such facilities. For instance, options include purchasing offsets or paying a fixed price per tonne of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that would be dedicated to a technology fund.

Developed with both public and stakeholder input, there are now three regulations in effect that are necessary for the implementation of the new act. These include:

  • The GHG emission control regulation.
  • The GHG emission administrative penalties and appeals regulation.
  • The GHG emission reporting regulation.

The Minister of Environment, Mary Polak, said: “Enacting the GGIRCA brings about clarity and consolidates many important pieces of our GHG legislation. The act upholds commitments we made to industry and enables First Nations and others to develop offsets under the new system, while supporting our new BCTECH strategy.

“The GHG emissions cap we have placed on our LNG facilities will make B.C.’s LNG the cleanest in the world. This is yet another example of our international leadership on climate action.”

Edited from press release by David Rowlands

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