Transporting people and goods is essential to the economy and way of life in B.C. and around the globe. It is also a significant source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions – in B.C. alone, transportation accounts for 37% of our total annual emissions.
That is why B.C. is taking action to make transportation cleaner here at home and around the world. B.C.’s Climate Leadership Plan include a range of actions to improve the performance of our transportation sector, including:
- Increasing the Low Carbon Fuel Standard to require 15% lower carbon intensity over 2010 levels by 2030.
- Providing incentives to encourage businesses to convert commercial fleets to be able to use renewable natural gas as a fuel. We are also supporting the growth of renewable natural gas resources, which are produced from sources such as organic waste or wastewater.
- Expanding the existing incentives that are driving the adoption of clean energy vehicles.
- Investing in public transit and reducing congestion through B.C. On The Move, our 10-year plan to improve B.C.’s transportation network.
While making our own transportation sector cleaner will reduce B.C.’s contribution to global emissions, we are also innovating to improve the environmental performance of transportation around the world.
B.C.’s abundant supply of natural gas represents a significant opportunity to improve the performance of global transportation networks. For example, B.C. can help the world replace high-emission marine transport fuels with cleaner burning natural gas, leading to global reductions in emissions.
FortisBC is proposing to facilitate new investments in liquefied natural gas (LNG) marine bunkering in order to further transform the adoption of LNG as a marine fuel. This will also help position B.C. as a global marine bunkering centre on the west coast, capable of providing LNG to a large number of natural gas vessels.
The current level of global GHG emissions from ships coming into B.C. is 70 million tonnes per year — higher than the total GHG emissions attributed to B.C. in its entirety.
To learn more about how B.C. is taking action on cleaner transportation, read the Climate Leadership Plan.