Cleaner industry

Through CleanBC and the Roadmap to 2030 the B.C. government is working with industry and others across the province to reduce pollution, improve efficiency and adopt new technologies while staying globally competitive. We're also supporting new opportunities for clean, low-carbon growth that build on B.C.'s clean energy and clean tech advantages.

The global market for clean energy, technologies, products and services is valued in the trillions of dollars and B.C.'s clean industries have a head start on meeting that demand.

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Industry in 2030

As part of B.C.’s 2030 commitment to reduce province-wide emissions by 40% from 2007 levels, B.C. has set targets to reduce emissions in the oil and gas and industrial sectors. The CleanBC Roadmap to 2030 maps out the most promising routes to reach these targets and sets the course to fulfil our net-zero commitment by 2050.

Here are some ways industry could look different in 2030 based on the Roadmap to 2030:

  • New large industrial facilities are required to develop plans to reach net zero emissions by 2050
  • Methane emissions from oil and gas are reduced by 75% by 2030, and nearly all industrial methane emissions are eliminated by 2035
  • 300 million trees planted to grow B.C.’s carbon sinks

Reducing B.C.'s industrial emissions

B.C. is working to create the cleanest industries in the world through support programs, regulations and expanded access to clean energy.

The CleanBC Program for Industry

A portion of the carbon taxes paid by industry are directed into two CleanBC initiatives that work together to support cleaner industry, reduce emissions and increase technological innovation. As part of the Roadmap to 2030 B.C. will enhance both programs to strengthen their ability to significantly reduce greenhouse gasses while keeping businesses competitive:

  • The CleanBC Industry Fund invests in greenhouse gas-reducing projects and increases opportunities for innovative clean technologies.

  • The CleanBC Industrial Incentive Program encourages cleaner industrial operations by providing incentives to industrial operations that meet world-leading low-carbon emissions benchmarks in different industrial sectors

Industrial electrification

  • Under the Clean Energy Act at least 93% of electricity generated in B.C. must be from clean or renewable sources. Under the Roadmap to 2030, B.C. will adopt a 100% Clean Electricity Standard. BC Hydro currently generates 98% clean electricity
  • The Province is working with BC Hydro and the federal government to help reduce emissions from industry by lowering electricity rates and the costs of connecting to the electricity grid
  • BC Hydro has completed the second phase of the Peace Region Electricity Supply project, increasing capacity to the South Peace region 
  • BC Hydro and government are acting on the first set of recommendations under Phase 2 of the BC Hydro Review, including speeding up connections to the electricity grid and supporting the switch to clean power for more industries and businesses

Reducing emissions from natural gas

  • In 2020, new provincial regulations came into effect to reduce methane emissions in the upstream production of natural gas by 45% by 2025. As part of the Roadmap to 2030, B.C. will introduce stronger policies that will reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas sector by 75% by 2030 and nearly eliminate all industrial methane emissions by 2035
  • As part of the Roadmap to 2030, all new large industrial facilitates will be required to submit plans to achieve net zero emissions by 2050
  • Under the Roadmap to 2030, B.C. will introduce a cap on greenhouse gas emissions for natural gas utilities, encouraging new investment in low-carbon technologies and fuels as well as energy efficiency
  • FortisBC’s Clean Growth Innovation Fund supports advances in clean technologies like RNG, carbon and methane capture with $4.9 million per year in funding for four years. Fortis has pledged to reduce its customers' emissions 30% by 2030
  • Industrial carbon capture and storage can keep large amounts of emissions out of the atmosphere by storing carbon underground or recycling it into cleaner energy. As part of the Roadmap to 2030, B.C. will develop a provincial approach to guide the deployment of these emerging technologies 

Supporting clean growth

B.C. is supporting the adoption of cleaner technology and is working with industrial partners to create new business opportunities at home and internationally.

Low carbon products and services

  • The Province and Business Council of British Columbia are developing a Low Carbon Industrial Strategy to boost business investment and build a low-carbon brand for B.C.
  • B.C. Offset Projects are a way to invest in emission reduction projects that bring co-benefits and jobs to B.C. and accelerate the transition to a low carbon economy. Purchasers apply the reductions from these projects towards their own emissions targets              
  • As part of the Roadmap to 2030, a new Forest Carbon Offset protocol will expand access to the carbon-offset market for Indigenous peoples and forest companies

Resource-based economy

As B.C. moves to a clean economy, our forests, farms and other natural resources are a source of new opportunities for low-carbon growth. The Province is working with these industries to identify climate-friendly business opportunities and prepare for the effects of a changing climate.

Increasing sustainable forest use

  • B.C.’s Forest Carbon Initiative increases the use of residual wood, improves the use of forest fibre and promotes sustainable forestry. The program has led to an immediate reduction in emissions by diverting fibre that is typically burned
  • Through its Wood First Initiative, B.C. is encouraging the use of wood and wood products for building. Wood buildings create fewer emissions and store carbon
  • B.C. and partners are working to increase the use of mass timber, which can have lower emissions compared to concrete and steel construction. A mass timber action plan is under development, guided by a steering committee representing Indigenous communities, industry and government
  • The Indigenous Forest Bioeconomy Program, partners with First Nations across B.C. to pursue projects that use wood waste or other parts of trees instead of petrochemicals or other high-carbon materials
  • As part of the Roadmap to 2030, B.C. plans to eliminate nearly all slash pile burning by 2030

Preparing for climate impacts

  • The Province is helping natural resource professionals manage for a changing climate by gathering and analyzing climate data, developing decision-making tools and researching best management practices
  • B.C. uses climate-based seed transfer to choose tree seeds for reforestation that are from species well-suited to an area’s present and future climate

Building a resilient agriculture 

  • The Environmental Farm Plan Program helps agricultural producers decrease on-farm emissions and reduce climate risks, with cost-share funding for projects
  • The Climate and Agriculture Initiative BC  provides tools and resources to help the agricultural industry adapt to climate change
  • The B.C. Food Security Task Force’s 2020 findings and recommendations report includes recommendations to establish B.C. as an agri-food leader by developing an agricultural technology incubator-accelerator and an agritech institute
  • Through the Roadmap to 2030, B.C. will support research on agricultural carbon capture and storage and climate adaptation
  • Seaweed is estimated to absorb three times as much CO2 per hectare as forests. As part of the Roadmap to 2030, B.C. will support work by Indigenous cultivators and the aquaculture sector to explore the carbon storage potential of seaweed

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