45% Methane Reduction Strategy


Natural gas is the cleanest burning fossil fuel, representing an opportunity to shift economies around the world off greenhouse gas-intensive fuels and reduce global emissions. To secure this opportunity, B.C. needs to ensure that we are one of the cleanest suppliers of liquefied natural gas (LNG).

Almost 40% of the natural gas sector’s emissions come from non-combustion sources such as venting and leaks in the production process. Establishing standards for these processes that will lead in North America will help the sector curb emissions as operations continue.

With the Climate Leadership Plan, we have launched a strategy to reduce the methane emissions released in natural gas production by 45%.

This strategy is targeted at producing real, tangible reductions in emissions, while ensuring the industry remains competitive and has room to grow. B.C. will tackle methane emissions using a combination of tools, in three phases:

  • The legacy phase will include targets for reducing fugitive and vented emissions from extraction and processing infrastructure built before January 1, 2015.
  • The transition phase will offer incentives to drive methane emissions reductions for all applications built between 2015 and 2018, and to help tackle legacy infrastructure retrofitting.
  • The future phase will establish standards that will guide the development of projects after the transition phase.

To learn more about the tools B.C. will use to drive reductions in each of these phases, read the Climate Leadership Plan.

Read BC’s Climate Leadership Plan [PDF]