BC Government unveils Climate Leadership Plan

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The BC Government today unveiled the Climate Leadership Plan.

Christy Clark along with Environment Minister Mary Polak have outlined BC’s goals when it comes to Climate Change.

They say it will create 66,000 jobs over the next 10 years as well as reduce net annual greenhouse gas emissions by up to 25 million tonnes below the current forecasts of 2050.

Of note, the BC Government will not be increasing its Carbon Tax rate.

“We are continuing to lead the way in reducing emissions and creating jobs with the release of our new Climate Leadership Plan,” said Premier Christy Clark. “We are taking action with an approach that balances environmental responsibility with economic opportunity.”

When it comes to Natural Gas, this is what the Government has planned:

“As immediate actions within the plan, B.C. is launching a strategy to reduce methane emissions, regulating carbon capture and storage projects, and using electricity to power natural gas production and processing. These action items will create 4,043 jobs, $527 million in economic activity and will reduce GHG emissions by five million tonnes CO2e by 2050.”

“B.C. is making the province’s electricity 100% renewable or clean and fuelling marine vessels with cleaner burning LNG. Creating new, energy efficiency standards for gas fired boilers and expanding incentives to promote adoption of efficient gas equipment are all parts of the plan. These actions will create 554 jobs, $53 million in economic activity and will reduce GHG emissions by two million tonnes CO2e by 2050.”

The Government says the plan reflects opinions made by the Climate Leadership Team and feedback that came through two rounds of public talks with stakeholders and citizens, and consultations with sector-specific industry groups.