Woodfibre LNG's Climate Change Impacts

BC LNG creates more greenhouse gases than coal.

David Hughes, former federal government geoscientist and expert in unconventional energy notes that:

If you compare full-cycle emissions from B.C. LNG burned in China to a state-of-the-art Chinese coal plant... B.C. LNG is 27 per cent worse than burning coal over a 20-year timeframe."1

He notes in his report that "the BC government’s argument that exporting LNG will significantly reduce GHG emissions in China is implausible at best."2

LNG is in direct competition with renewables.

A letter written by 90 International Climate Change Scientists notes that “There is no evidence that LNG from the project will replace coal in Asia,” and that “LNG will also likely displace nuclear power, renewables, and natural gas from other sources in many importing countries.”3

The LNG industry acknowledges that LNG is in direct competition with renewables, and there is uncertainty around LNG markets due to how quickly renewables are implemented instead.4

Locally, Woodfibre LNG will create 1.6 times the greenhouse gas emissions of all of Squamish.

Squamish produces 88,538 tonnes of CO2 pollution every year (calculations by Carbon Engineering).5 Woodfibre LNG estimates the project will produce an additional 142,000 tonnes of CO2 pollution every year during operations.6 It doesn't matter how much we as individuals reduce our personal greenhouse gas emissions when industry is permitted to pollute so much. Industry needs to be held accountable. We cannot allow new fossil fuel infrastructure to be built.

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Woodfibre LNG's local and upstream greenhouse gas emissions are equivalent to adding 170,000 cars to the road every year.

Woodfibre LNG and its associated upstream operations (e.g., fracking, methane leaks) could result in the emission of 805,000 tonnes of carbon pollution annually, which is equivalent to adding 170,000 cars to the road every year.7

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REFERENCES

  1. Jennifer Thuncher, 2016. Is LNG better than coal in China? Squamish Chief, published 2016-02-10.
  2. David Hughes, 2015. A clear look at BC LNG: energy security, environmental implications, and economic potential. Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. 50pp.
  3. Kathryn Harrison et al., 2016. Unjustified adverse greenhouse gas impacts of the Pacific Northwest LNG proposal. Letter to Minister Catherine McKenna, published 2016-05-26.
  4. Ballarat, L., Vazquez, J., and Bori, L. 2018. The global LNG outlook and its implications for Canada. LNG Industry.
  5. Stukas, A. 2016. Presentation by Anna Stukas, Carbon Engineering. At: Climate Town Hall organized by Pamela Goldsmith-Jones in Squamish on 2016-07-08.
  6. Woodfibre LNG. 2015. Application for an Environmental Assessment Certificate, Section 5.3 Greenhouse Gas Management. Page 5.3-38
  7. Kniewasser, M. & Cretney, S. 2016. Woodfibre LNG: Fracking comes with environmental impacts. Pembina Institute

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