Return to Today's Publications

 

Newsletter:
Date Range (YYYY-MM-DD) -
Company, Industry or Technology:
  Search Tips


British Columbia Enables RNG, Hydrogen Investment (Ind. Report)
Province of British Columbia
Date: 2021-07-16
In Victoria, the Canadian Province of British Columbia is reporting amendments to its Greenhouse Gas Reduction Regulation (GGRR) to encourage and increase the production and use of renewable nature gas (RNG) as well as green and waste hydrogen while reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The amendments support the Province's upcoming hydrogen strategy, which will include ambitious goals to increase the production and use of renewable and low-carbon hydrogen to help achieve climate targets under CleanBC.

The GGRR allows utilities like FortisBC Energy Inc. (FortisBC) and Pacific Northern Gas Ltd. to make time-limited investments, within spending and volumetric caps, to stimulate the domestic market for renewable gases and reduce GHG emissions. It also allows utilities to increase the amount of RNG, green and waste hydrogen, and other renewable energy they can acquire and make available to their customers by:

  • increasing the amount of renewable gas utilities can acquire and supply from 5 to 15 pct of their total annual supply of natural gas;

  • broadening the methods by which utilities can obtain hydrogen, RNG and other renewable gases to include producing it or upgrading it themselves for injection into the pipeline, paying a third party to produce it or upgrade it for pipeline injection, or purchasing hydrogen, synthesis gas or lignin to displace the use of natural gas at customers' facilities;

  • allowing the current price cap of $30 per gigajoule that utilities can pay to acquire any of these fuels to increase with inflation; and

  • enabling utilities to acquire and supply green and waste hydrogen, synthesis gas and lignin.

    The changes to the GGRR will help to achieve CleanBC objectives, which commit to a 15 pct renewable gas content in the natural gas system by 2030.

    Download the B.C. Greenhouse Gas Reduction (Clean Energy) Regulation, HERE. (Source: Province of British Columbia, Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation, PR, July, 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Province of British Columbia news,  RNG news,  Hydrogen news,  GHG news,  


  • SFU Sustainable Energy School Scores LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
    sdu, cANADA gREEN bUILDING cOUNCIL
    Date: 2020-12-04
    In Burnaby, British Columbia, Simon Fraser University (SFU) School of Sustainable Energy Engineering reports it recently completed 220,000 sq-ft Surrey Campus building has earned Canadian Green Building Council (CaGBC) LEED Gold certification for sustainable design and operations.

    The five-storey building incorporates 330 precast white cement panels with reflective surfaces organized around the light filled atrium and live trees at varying levels. The building incorporates various LEED qualifying energy efficiency features and underground parking, modern wet and dry teaching labs, classrooms, study spaces, faculty offices, meeting rooms and a 400-seat lecture hall. The project was partially funding through the federal government's Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund (SIF) and matched by the Province of British Columbia. (Source: Simon Fraser University, PR, Construction Business, 1 Dec., 2020) Contact: Simon Fraser University, Larry Waddell, Chief Facilities Officer, www.sdu.ca; Canada Green Building Council, (866) 941-1184, info@cagbc.org, www.cagbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Green Building Council,  Energy Efficiency,  LEED Certification,  


    BC Provincial GHG Emissions Rise Despite Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2020-09-14
    In British Columbia, the Provincial Climate Action Secretariat's recently released inventory reports the province's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are rising despite reduction targets calling for a 40 pct decrease by 2030, 60 pct by 2040 and 80 pct by 2050.

    In 2018, British Columbia's gross GHG emissions were 67.9 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e) -- an increase of 4.5 MtCO2e (7 pct) from 63.4 MtCO2e in 2007, the baseline year for our emission reduction targets. Net emissions in 2018, after including 1.0 MtCO2e in offsets from forest management projects not covered in the inventory, were 66.9 MtCO2e. This is an increase of 3.5 MtCO2e (6 pct) from 2007.

    When the B.C. carbon tax was first hatched in 2008, its was pitched as revenue neutral and would stop at $30 per tonne, but presently stands at $40 per tonne and emissions are still rising. Over the past three years, stats show emissions rose by 4 pct for gasoline-powered cars; 19 pct for pick-up trucks; 46 pct for light-duty diesel trucks; and 51 pct for railways.

    At $40 per tonne, the carbon tax costs an extra 8.9 cents per litre of gasoline and 10.2 cents extra for diesel. For natural gas, the carbon tax often costs residential customers more than the actual fuel. (Source: Province of British Columbia, Climate Action Sec., Sept., 2020) Contact: British Columbia Climate Action Sec., ClimateActionSecretariat@gov.bc.ca, www2.gov.bc.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GHG news,  Climate Change news,  Carbon Emissions news,  CO2 news,  


    CERI Touts EU ETS Over Carbon Tax to Cut Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Canadian Energy Research Institute
    Date: 2020-08-19
    A recent study from the Canadian Energy Research Institute (CERI) compared the province of British Columbia's $40 per tonne carbon tax and Alberta's Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction (TIER) program taxing heavy emitters $30 a tonne, to the European emissions trading scheme (EU ETS) and Quebec's cap-and-trade agreement with California and noted that overall, the EU ETS policy was more effective at reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than the Carbon Tax policy or a Hybrid policy.

    In keeping with the study findings, the CERI study proposed the following to lower emissions:

  • Both carbon tax and emissions trade systems have a great capacity to reduce GHG emissions; however, a level at which they are utilized is not adequate for significant change towards low carbon economies;

  • Strengthening existing and adding new carbon policies and actions, especially those that can deal with carbon leakage, is needed;

  • Current carbon prices in many jurisdictions remain insufficient to achieve the objectives of the Paris Agreement, even with extended carbon pricing policies in place to align with the specific GHG reduction targets;

  • Stronger complementary policies and actions are needed to achieve the total reductions in GHG emissions in a case of the BC carbon tax;

  • Lessons from ETS systems, especially California's cap-and-trade system, has revealed that the economy-wide approach can be more efficient than managing specific sectors differently;

  • Linkage of a cap-and-trade system with those in other jurisdictions (such as California's cap-and trade system linked with Quebec) could potentially reduce abatement costs, price volatility, and market power.

    The Calgary-based Canadian Energy Research Institute is an independent, not-for-profit research establishment created through a partnership of industry, academia, and government in 1975. CERI aims to provide relevant, independent, objective economic research in energy and environmental issues to benefit business, government, academia and the public and to build bridges between scholarship and policy,combining the insights of scientific research, economic analysis, and practical experience. (Source: Canadian Energy Research Institute, PR, Western Standard, Aug., 2020) Contact: Canadian Energy Research Institute, (403) 282-1231, info@ceri.ca, www.ceri.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canadian Energy Research Institute,  ETS,  Carbon Tax,  Carbon Emissions ,  


  • BC Carbon Capture Storage Assessment Completed (Ind. Report)
    TGS
    Date: 2020-03-13
    Global geoscience data for exploration & production specialist TGS reports completion of a Geological Carbon Storage Atlas for British Columbia (Canada) for a major oil and gas company. The study provides the most up-to-date understanding of geological carbon storage locations, onshore and offshore, throughout the province of British Columbia.

    Through collaboration with its partner Canadian Discovery Limited, TGS leveraged its world-class basin evaluation expertise, subsurface data library, and geological knowledge and experience through working in British Columbia, to create a framework for carbon storage assessment and atlas for potential storage locations, according to the TGS release. (Source: TGS. Strategic Research Institute, SteelGuru,, Gasoil News , 12 Mar., 2020) Contact: TGS, Katja Akentieva, Global.Marketing@tgs.com, www.tgs.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Storage ,  


    BC Tops Efficiency Canada's Energy Efficiency Scorecard (Ind Report)
    Efficiency Canada
    Date: 2019-11-22
    Canadian energy efficiency advocacy group Efficiency Canada, based at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, reports it has awarded the province of British Columbia the top spot in its first-ever provincial scorecard.

    According to Efficiency Canada policy director Brendan Haley, B.C.'s top ranking is largely due to the province's green building code, ambitious natural gas savings and significant progress in vehicle electrification. But it says there's still room for improvement when it comes to electricity savings, an area where B.C. is dropping compared with other provinces. (Source: Efficiency Canada, Canadian Press, 20 Nov., 2019) Contact: Efficiency Canada, www.scorecard.efficiencycanada.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Efficiency Canada,  


    Ottawa Supports BC's Forest Carbon Initiative (Funding)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-04-22
    In Ottawa, the Gov. of Canada Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Hon. Catherine McKenna, reports the feds are contributing $140 million in federal support for the province of British Columbia's Forest Carbon Initiative PLUS $10 million i for the new Organics Infrastructure Program to fight climate change.

    The Forest Carbon Initiative aims to reforest areas lost to forest fires across British Columbia and implement best practices that support healthy, resilient, and productive forests. The program will reduce emissions and sequester carbon by diverting organic material from landfills. The total investment between 2017-2018 and 2018 -- 2019 was approximately $50 million, and planned investment for 2019 -- 2020 is almost $70 million.

    The Organics Infrastructure Program will help the province achieve its target of reducing municipal-solid-waste disposal to 350 kg per capita by reducing organic waste that goes to landfills. (Source: Environment and Climate Change Canad, PR, 18 April, 2019) Contact: Sabrina Kim, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, (819) 743-7138, sabrina.kim2@canada.ca, www.ec.gc.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  


    CleanBC Climate Action Plan Targets Heavy Emitters (Ind. Report)
    British Columbia
    Date: 2018-12-07
    In Vancouver, the province of British Columbia's just released CleanBC Climate Action Plan aims to cut the province's emissions by 18.9 million tonnes over the next 12 years. To reach its goal, the plan calls for increasing the use of electricity by all sectors -- including heavy industry and transportation -- and boosting the use of low-carbon fuels.

    The plan depends most heavily on slashing industry emissions by 8.4 million tonnes, nearly half the total cuts planned -- achieving that with aggressive electrification, major new hydro transmission lines, and a $240-million a year technology fund.

    Another third of the cuts would come from greener transportation, particularly a ban on emission-producing new vehicles within 20 years, clean fuel car incentive incentives, and an increased reliance on renewable fuel.

    The plan also calls for increasing the provincial price on carbon emissions to $50 per tonne and ramping up buildings' energy efficiency each account for a further one-tenth emissions savings, the latter by retrofitting 51,000 provincially owned housing units and requiring at least 15 pct of natural gas use to come from renewable sources.

    In 2015, the province's emissions were 61.6 million tonnes net after offsets -- equal to the annual CO2 emissions of 13.4 million passenger vehicles. (Source: Province of British Columbia, Star Metro Vancouver, CBC, 5 Dec., 2018) Contact: Province of British Columbia, CleanBC Climate Action Plan, www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/climate-change/planning-and-action, www2.gov.bc.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BC Carbon Tax,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  

    Showing 1 to 8 of 8.