British Columbia Greenhouse Gas Emissions Offset Portfolio
Since 2010, B.C.’s carbon offset portfolio has resulted in total emissions reductions of approximately 4.3 million tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e). In any single year, B.C. has between 14 and 25 projects in the portfolio.
In addition to reducing emissions, offsetting advances green technologies, supports clean-job growth and drives the economy. Offset projects tied to B.C.’s carbon neutral government program contributed an estimated $372.5 million to provincial GDP between 2008 and 2014. Offsetting has also provided, for example, developers of forest sequestration projects a new mechanism to help protect biodiversity and contribute to a conservation economy in B.C. communities.
B.C.’s 2015 Offset Portfolio
B.C.’s offset portfolio spans nearly every region and sector of the province.
Below is a snapshot of the innovative projects we’re supporting in our 2015 portfolio. See the yearly portfolios (right) to learn more about the projects and the BC Carbon Registry for detailed project documentation.
In Waste Management, recent offset projects are focused on managing and collecting landfill gases:
- The Columbia Shuswap Regional District captures natural gas produced by decomposing landfill waste, injecting it into the FortisBC gas pipeline to power the region’s homes.
- The landfill gas project in the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George minimizes carbon emissions by preventing the escape of methane and releasing (GHGs) gases under controlled conditions.
In the Forestry Industry, offset projects include fuel-switching initiatives:
- In Prince George, Mackenzie, Chetwynd, Fort St. John and Elko, Canfor transforms wood waste from its lumber mills into energy–reducing their reliance on natural gas while modelling how industry can lower emissions, support local clean technologies and create economic opportunities for B.C. communities.
In Forestry, offset projects result from improved forest management practices:
- The Cheakamus Community Forest project retains more carbon in the forest by increasing protected areas and using lower-impact cutting techniques.
- The Great Bear (North and Central Mid-Coast) project is reducing timber harvest levels in the world’s largest intact coastal temperate rainforest, thus increasing carbon stocks and protecting healthy ecosystems.
- Great Bear Rainforest (Haida Gwaii) is reducing emissions caused by harvesting, road building and other forestry-related operations, while supporting important Haida cultural sites.
In Agriculture, offset projects include biomass fuel switching:
- Sun Select Delta uses a biomass boiler and insulating curtains to help heat their greenhouses and significantly reduce their dependence on natural gas.
In the Oil and Gas sector, offsets are developed through electrification and increased fuel efficiency:
- Blue Source’s Noel site–a model for low-carbon natural gas development–uses solar power with small thermal-electric backup generators to operate equipment that was previously powered by natural gas.
- Blue Source’s Septimus electrification project brought grid electricity to the remote natural gas processing plant, significantly reducing its environmental impact.
- Blue Source’s adoption of REM Technology’s REMVue engine systems increases efficiency and significantly reduces GHGs from compressor engines while capturing vented emissions for use as a supplementary fuel source.
In Transportation, recent offset projects are focused on improving the fuel efficiency of buses:
- TransLink has replaced conventional diesel buses with more fuel-efficient diesel hybrids, bringing significant emission reductions to an already environmentally sound mode of transportation.
In Clean Tech, offset projects include biomass gasification:
- Kruger Products’ biomass gasification units generate steam to power the mill by converting local wood waste into clean-burning syngas. The first of its kind in Canada’s pulp and paper industry, the installation reduces the tissue mill’s carbon emissions by as much as 50 percent annually.