LNG vs climate. Five charts show the burden on British Columbians
British Columbia continues to approve major LNG projects but can the resulting climate pollution fit inside the province's climate targets?
The provincial government says the LNG projects will be compatible with legislated climate targets — but the more LNG pollution, the faster the rest of B.C. will need to cut back.
British Columbians would have to make every passenger vehicle electric and shut off the gas lines to every home — just to offset the increase in climate pollution from the new LNG industry.
To understand how much new LNG climate pollution could be coming, and what that means for British Columbians, I've created a visual survey of the data.
B.C. climate challenge before LNG
To start with, let's look at the climate challenge B.C. faces before adding any LNG climate pollution to the mix.
My first chart below shows B.C.'s current emissions as a dark blue bar. It's divided into the major sectors of the economy.
You can see that the four biggest emitting sectors are roughly equal in size, at 10 to 11 million tonnes of climate pollution each (MtCO2e):
- transporting people
- transporting freight
- natural gas industry
- other industry
The chart also shows B.C.'s legislated climate targets for 2030, 2040 and 2050.
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By Barry Saxifrage