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B.C. pledge to keep LNG energy clean faces problems

LNG Industry,

British Columbia’s pledge to build the cleanest LNG industry in the world could face problems. Clean Energy Canada announced in a press release on Monday that B.C. “can fulfill its commitment to produce liquefied natural gas (LNG) that is truly ‘world class’ from a carbon-pollution perspective, but doing so will require strong leadership from both government and the gas industry.” A recent report titled ‘The Cleanest LNG in the World? How to Slash Carbon Pollution From Wellhead to Waterline in British Columbia’s Proposed Liquefied Natural Gas Industry’ concludes that without policy leadership, LNG produced in B.C. would produce more than three times the carbon produced in the current world-leading operations in Australia and Norway.

The report concludes that it is still possible for B.C. to keep its pledge to produce the cleanest LNG in the world, stating that “this leadership gap can be closed if the government creates the policy environment that both directs and incentivizes the energy industry to employ a mix of strategies and technologies proven to drive carbon pollution down all the way across the life cycle of LNG production”.

Strong leadership combined with a mixture of available and proven technologies and processes will be required to successfully implement the B.C. LNG development, which currently represents a trillion-dollar economic opportunity that could create 100 000 jobs.

Edited from various sources by Katie Woodward

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