BC Premier John Horgan, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy George Heyman and Green Party leader Andrew Weaver unveiled “CleanBC,” the highly anticipated climate action strategy. The made-in-BC plan serves as an overarching blueprint that outlines how the government intends to meet its commitment to meet its climate action goals while also growing the economy and health of the province. More importantly, this satisfies conditions of the Confidence and Supply Agreement (CASA) between the NDP and Greens to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40 percent of 2007 levels by 2030 as legislated in the Climate Change Accountability Act.
Key elements of CleanBC to reduce industrial emissions by 8.4 Mt by 2030:
- Reduce methane emissions from upstream oil and gas operations by 45 percent;
- Direct a portion of BC’s carbon tax paid by industry into incentives for cleaner operations;
- Increase access to clean electricity for large operations with new transmission lines and interconnectivity to existing lines;
- Develop a regulatory framework for safe and effective underground CO₂ storage and direct air capture;
- Partner with the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority on a Clean Trucking pilot project to reduce emissions from the short-distance hauling of goods