Backgrounder: Can Pacific NorthWest LNG pass Canada's climate test?

Federal government should ask two important questions about PNW LNG

Pacific NorthWest LNG (and its associated upstream activities) would generate 11.4 to 14.0 million tonnes of carbon pollution annually — placing it among the largest carbon polluters in Canada.

As proposed, the project should not be approved because:

  • The project does not fit within a plan for B.C. to meet its climate targets.
  • The project’s emissions are much higher than necessary.

For B.C. to get back on track for its targets, the provincial government needs to implement the Climate Leadership Team recommendations.

The federal government can also use the regulatory process and federal policy to limit carbon pollution from the project.

Accounting for the emissions in Asia from LNG exports would not change these conclusions.

We are grateful to the Vancouver Foundation, Dragonfly Fund at Tides Canada, Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia and McLean Foundation for their support of our work.