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B.C. unveils sectoral emissions targets

B.C. unveils sectoral emissions targets
PROVINCE OF B.C. — The Highland Valley Copper Mine is bathed in sun during a tour by Premier John Horgan. He recently revealed emission reduction targets for various industries.

VICTORIA — B.C. has announced sectoral greenhouse gas (GHG) targets for 2030 in transportation, industry, oil and gas and buildings and communities – expressed as a range of five percentage points.

Officials noted B.C. is the first province in Canada to set sectoral targets covering emissions across the economy. As part of legislated requirements, the government will revisit the targets in four years, with options to increase the number of sectors included and narrow the percentage ranges.

“British Columbia is leading the way forward in Canada by setting sectoral targets that will help increase accountability and clarity for each sector, as we work together to reach a world of net-zero emissions,” said Colleen Giroux-Schmidt, vice-president of corporate relations with Innergex Renewable Energy Inc., and co-chair of B.C.’s Climate Solutions Council, in a statement. “By investing in new opportunities to reduce emissions through cleaner technologies and energy efficiency, B.C. can build a better future that supports people in communities across the province.”

The province has announced a new round of applications for emission reduction projects for 2021 through the CleanBC Industry Fund with temporary changes to increase the provincial share of funding up to 90 per cent of project costs with a cap of $25 million per project to encourage a greater number of proposals.

Officials have also introduced a new stream for the CleanBC Industry Fund to support industry projects that use advanced clean tech solutions for difficult emission problems. They are calling it the Innovation Accelerator.

“The CleanBC Industry Fund is helping build on the innovative work and commitment of cement producers in British Columbia to reduce emissions and support good local jobs,” said Michael McSweeney, president and CEO of the Cement Association of Canada. “The Canadian cement industry applauds the Government of B.C. on its continued financial commitment to support GHG reductions, support which, through prior funding, has enabled our industry to begin a transition to the use of lower carbon fuels and produce some of the cleanest cement in Canada, including a lower GHG-intensity Portland limestone cement.”

The province also aims to spend $33 million on 19 CleanBC Industry Fund projects. Officials noted this will unlock an additional multi-sectoral investment from industry of $51 million in cleaner technology and energy efficiency. Combined, these investments are expected to eliminate 1.1 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent over the next decade.

“By working together with government, Pretium Resources has the opportunity to reduce emissions and build on our low-carbon advantage that the hydro-electric power grid provides,” said Jacques Perron, president and CEO of Pretium Resources Inc. “Through the CleanBC Industry Fund, we have initiated the process to introduce battery-electric mine-haul trucks as a replacement for the diesel-fuelled fleet of trucks at the Brucejack Mine.”

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