B.C. releases greenhouse gas numbers for 2020
The Province has released provincial greenhouse gas emissions numbers for 2020 as part of its most recent annual provincial inventory.
The provincial emissions inventory is produced every year by B.C.’s Climate Action Secretariat and is based primarily on the federal government’s National Inventory Report on greenhouse gas emissions.
In 2020, net emissions in British Columbia totalled 63.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e) after considering 1.1 MtCO2e of carbon offsets from forest-management projects. This represents a net decrease of 3% (-2.0 MtCO2e) from 2007 levels, the baseline year for B.C.’s official emissions targets, and a net drop of 4% (-2.7 MtCO2e) from 2019 levels.
Emissions data is published with as much as a two-year lag to allow time to assemble and analyze a wide range of information. The provincial inventory provides the official greenhouse gas emission numbers, which count toward B.C.’s legislated greenhouse gas emissions targets.
The CleanBC Roadmap to 2030 is the Province’s plan to expand and accelerate climate action by building on B.C.’s natural advantages – abundant and clean electricity, innovative technology and a highly skilled workforce. It sets a path to reach B.C.’s legislated emissions targets through increased collaboration and actions across sectors that are building a British Columbia that works for everyone.
The roadmap includes policies that will significantly reduce emissions across sectors, including commitments to make all new sales of light-duty vehicles zero-emission by 2035, a 75% reduction of methane emissions from the oil and gas sector by 2030 and a commitment to make all new buildings emit zero carbon by 2030. The plan also includes commitments to meet sectoral emissions targets for industry and the oil and gas sector, among others.
- The Province is committed to reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 and is developing legislative changes to put this target into law.
- Forest-management carbon offsets in B.C. reduce emissions by sequestering more carbon in forest ecosystems than would have occurred without the project.
- Offsets projects undergo a rigorous set of evaluations and followups to make sure they represent legitimate carbon storage under provincial regulation and are designed to meet the highest international standards.
To view the full provincial inventory of greenhouse gas emissions for 2020, visit:
To read the CleanBC Roadmap to 2030, visit: www.cleanbc.ca
To learn more about carbon offsets in B.C., visit:
CCME: Roadmap for Single-Use and Disposable Plastics
Environment Ministers have announced A Roadmap to Strengthen the Management of Single-Use and Disposable Plastics.
The roadmap provides guidance on prioritizing single-use and disposable plastic items for targeted management and selecting instruments that may be effective for managing each item.
In 2019 CCME approved the Canada-wide Action Plan on Zero Plastic Waste: Phase 1 (action plan). The action plan includes the development of a roadmap to address priority single-use and disposable plastics most commonly released into the environment.
$100 million cleanup of Tulsequah Chief mine can proceed after leaking acid run-off for decades
(Source: Vancouver Sun) The end of long-running receivership proceedings in an Ontario court last month removed a key impediment for the B.C. government to take control of the remote mine site in northwest B.C. and start cleanup, according to First Nations on both sides of the B.C.-Alaska border.
The main obstacle has been removed to the start of a $100 million cleanup of the Tulsequah Chief mine that has been leaking acid run-off in B.C. and Alaskan waters for decades.
The end of long-running receivership proceedings in an Ontario court last month removed a key impediment for the B.C. government to take control of the remote mine site in northwest B.C. and start cleanup, according to First Nations on both sides of the B.C.-Alaska border.
The Taku River Tlingit First Nation in B.C. and the Douglas Indian Association and the 15-tribal member Southeast Indigenous Transboundary Commission in Alaska have called on the B.C. government to honour its commitment to end decades of toxic acid mine discharge into the Taku River watershed.
The mine is in British Columbia but the Taku River flows through both B.C. and Alaska.
“This receivership hindered B.C.’s efforts to stop the pollution from the Tulsequah Chief and clean up of the site, and was the major procedural hurdle to clear,” said Charmaine Thom, spokesperson for the Taku River Tlingit First Nation.
“(We) call on B.C. to start taking specific steps toward turning its commitments into action,” said Thom.
The most recent owner of the mine site, Chieftain Metals, went bankrupt in 2016 before being able to restart operations. The mine only operated in the 1950s when owned by Cominco, now Teck Resources Ltd.
The acid run-off from the mine into the Taku River has also been a long-standing sore point of environmental groups and the Alaskan government.
As part of the receivership proceedings in Ontario, the court had given the largest creditor, West Face Capital Inc., owed $62 million, until Aug. 11 of this year to reappoint a receiver on hopes a buyer could be found for the property.
In a public online posting, the B.C. government noted that West Face Capital did not file materials by the deadline and the province’s position is that this concludes the receivership.
The province noted the process to dissolve Chieftain Metals, however, has been put off by the Ontario court until after October of this year.
In a written statement during the weekend, B.C. ministry of energy and mines officials said the province “remains committed to holding all past and present owners of the Tulsequah Chief Mine accountable to address cleanup of the site.”
In an email, energy and mines spokesman Glen Plummer said the province is continuing to work closely with the Taku River Tlingit and is committed to “engaging with stakeholders” on a long-term approach to clean up and closure that will include addressing acid rock drainage.
In 2020, the B.C. government released a remediation plan that estimated clean up at more than $55 million with $2 million a year for maintenance and monitoring of the site in the coming decades, which included mine water discharge.
That puts the cost of cleanup to at least $100 million in the next two decades, with taxpayers on the hook as the province only holds a $1 million company security for clean up.
Cleanup, once started, is expected to take at least five years.
In 2020, B.C. chief inspector of mines, Herman Henning, said responsibility for the mine site could not be fully resolved until the receivership process was concluded.
The province has carried out some preliminary work including building and repairing stream crossings and protecting an airstrip, as well as water monitoring — and put up $1.6 million for that work in 2020.
Teck has also supported that work, voluntarily providing $1.575 million in 2021 and $1.685 million in 2022, according to the company.
How much money Teck might provide in total is not clear.
In a written statement this weekend, Teck spokesman Chris Stannell said: “Teck has a long history of working to remediate sites and is committed to working collaboratively to protect the environment.”
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