British Columbia carbon offset portfolio
B.C.’s carbon offset portfolio has resulted in total emissions reductions of approximately 7.5 million tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) between 2010 and 2020.
In addition to reducing emissions, offsetting advances green technologies, supports clean job growth and stimulates the economy. For example, investments in offsets have provided developers of projects that improve forest management and sequester carbon a new mechanism to protect biodiversity and contribute to a conservation economy in B.C. communities.
B.C.’s 2020 offset portfolio
B.C.’s offset portfolio spans nearly every region and sector of the province.
Below is a snapshot of the offset projects in the 2020 portfolio. Full project documentation is available on the BC Carbon Registry.
In the Forestry Industry, offset projects include fuel-switching initiatives:
- In Prince George, Mackenzie, Chetwynd, Fort St. John and Elko, Canfor transforms bark residuals from its sawmills 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 Great Bear (South Central Coast) project reduces timber harvest levels and protects extensive areas of forest that were previously slated for logging thereby increasing carbon stocks as the trees continue to grow.
- The Great Bear (North and Central Mid-Coast) project reduces 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.
- The Cheakamus Community Forest project is increasing the long-term storage of carbon in forests through extension of the rotation age, and the use of conservation areas.
In Agriculture, offset project work includes 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:
- The Noel Electrification Project replaced natural gas with grid electricity, solar and small thermal-electric back-up generators to power compressors and other equipment at the gas production facility.
- The Septimus Electrification Project was part of a new build that brought grid electricity to the remote natural gas processing plant instead of using readily available natural gas, significantly reducing its environmental impact.
- Blue Source worked with several gas plants in northeast B.C. to install REM Technology’s REMVue engine systems. This new technology increases fuel efficiency while capturing vented emissions to significantly reduce GHGs when compressing natural gas from well-sites to the plants.
- ARC Resources' award-winning project reduces emissions by replacing natural gas with electricity for compression applications and with pressurized air to operate the pneumatic control devices and instruments.
In Transportation, an offset project 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 project work includes biomass gasification:
- Kruger Products’ biomass gasification units generate steam to power its New Westminster 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 over 50 percent annually.
In Waste Management, offset project work focused on managing and collecting landfill gases:
- The Columbia Shuswap Regional District captures methane produced by decomposing landfill waste, upgrades it and injects it into the FortisBC gas pipeline as renewable natural gas. Any untreated methane is destroyed through flaring.