THE GLOBE AND MAIL – Why Canada should be the home of ecologically-responsible natural resources

Lorraine Mitchelmore is chair of the Resources of the Future Economic Strategy Table and former president of Shell Canada.

The expression “can’t see the forest for the trees” could have been coined by a typically modest Canadian.

It summarizes perfectly much of our current attitude to the embarrassment of riches that constitute our natural resources: our vast forests, our wealth of metals and minerals and our diverse reserves of energy that make us a top producer in many categories.

We have commodities that would be the envy of any other country in the world. And yet, for a variety of reasons, we seem determined not to take full advantage of them. We are not building as many projects as we should, we are not attracting our share of global capital, we are not fully reaching global markets and, in certain cases, we are selling our products at significant discounts to the benefit of other countries.

As a result, the resource sector is not generating the level of wealth for Canada in the form of taxes, royalties, community investments, jobs and business opportunities of which it is capable.

Given the world’s growing demand for more resources that are produced more responsibly, the greatest contribution Canada can make to meeting global demand and achieving a lower carbon economy is not to move away from resource development. Instead, it’s to produce the cleanest mining, forestry and energy products, including hydrocarbons, to displace less responsible alternatives around the world, the way LNG Canada will lower global carbon emission by displacing coal in China.

In other words, we have a tremendous opportunity.

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Kwispaa LNG an opportunity for Huu-ay-aht First Nations

 

On Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, representatives from the Kwispaa LNG project team were in Port Alberni council chambers to provide more information about the Kwispaa LNG project. The proposed natural gas liquefaction and export facility was given the go-ahead after a Huu-ay-aht community referendum resulted in a 70 percent vote in favour in March 2017. The positive vote meant that Steelhead LNG, a Canadian company based out of Vancouver, would develop the LNG project through a co-management relationship with the Huu-ay-aht.

“We have the support of our people, we have the support of our hereditary chiefs and we have the support of our council for this project,” said Huu-ay-aht Chief Councillor Robert Dennis Sr.

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Clean Ships Jump the Queue at Panama Canal

By MarEx 2016-10-31
On Monday, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) unveiled a new recognition program for clean operators that will help them to get ahead of the pack for transit bookings.

“We’re rewarding those who make conscious efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and invest in technology that will make shipping even more efficient,” says Panama Canal Administrator Jorge L. Quijano.

The ACP calls the new system “Environmental Premium Ranking.” The Canal has an existing ranking system for customers which it uses when figuring out bookings for transits, based in part on how often a vessel operator uses the canal.

The new system gives two levels of extra recognition to clean ships, with many ways of qualifying. Vessels with EEDI efficiency numbers 20 percent below baseline get Level 1; 30 percent below baseline, Level 2. There are similar provisions for the Environmental Ship Index and for NOx emissions, and any vessel with an LNG-fueled engine qualifies for Level 2 – giving LNG carriers an automatic leg up.

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Finland to operate world’s 1st LNG-powered icebreaker

October 31

HELSINKI — Finland says it will start to operate the world’s first icebreaker powered by liquefied natural gas on Tuesday as the number of LNG-powered vessels is steadily increasing in the Nordic country that is surrounded by the Baltic Sea and is heavily reliant on maritime transport.

The state-owned operator Arctia Ltd. said on Monday that the 128 million-euro ($140 million) Polaris icebreaker, which also runs on low-sulphur diesel, is equipped with two large LNG containers allowing it two operate for 10 days in rough ice conditions without refueling.

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THE GLOBE AND MAIL – B.C. LNG could reduce emissions overseas – if it’s done correctly

JAMES COLEMAN AND SARAH JORDAAN
Contributed to The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016 5:00AM EDT
Last updated Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016 5:33AM EDT

James Coleman and Sarah Jordaan are co-authors of the C.D. Howe Institute study Clearing the Air: How Canadian LNG Exports Could Help Meet World Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals.

With a glut of North American natural gas, the future of Canada’s gas industry could hinge on the success of exports of liquefied natural gas from the West Coast.

As the federal government assesses the environmental impact of these exports, one of the biggest public controversies has been how LNG exports will impact global greenhouse gas emissions. This question is crucial for businesses, too: If greater use of LNG is inconsistent with global goals for reducing GHG emissions, LNG projects could prove to be risky long-term investments.

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GLOBE AND MAIL – Natural gas is a key piece of Canada’s climate puzzle, at home and abroad

TIM McMILLAN
Contributed to The Globe and Mail
Published Last updated

Tim McMillan is chief executive officer of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.

As part of the Paris climate treaty, Canada has signalled its collective commitment to do its part to tackle global climate change. This is no small task. But it’s doable, and natural gas has a strategic role to play for the long term.

It will require realistic, achievable solutions at home at the provincial and federal levels. It will also require our industry to continue its focus on continuous environmental performance improvement. And we can take action globally by exporting some of our abundant energy, produced under one of the most stringent regulatory systems in the world, to countries that need it. Here’s how.

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ALASKA HIGHWAY NEWS – Yu: LNG could turn federal government’s red ink into black

Alan Yu / Alaska Highway News
April 6, 2016 09:49 AM

The federal budget released March 22 painted a dim picture of Canada’s financial health. With minimal oil and gas production, Canada will be $30 billion in the red. There is no light at the end of the tunnel. No balanced budget in sight.

But what if Ottawa approves two big and one small LNG plant today? An LNG industry in B.C. would create new markets for Canada’s natural gas, generating income and jobs for governments and citizens. It would also reduce global greenhouse gases (GHG) if used as a substitute for coal, bunker fuel and diesel, even if we consider the added GHG these LNG plants would generate.

What if Ottawa approves just three of the 21 proposals vying to be a part of Canada’s LNG industry? What would be the impact on the economy and the labour market? After all, these three LNG plants would require that Northeast B.C. produce an additional five billion cubic feet per day (bcf/d) of natural gas, approximately double the 2014 production.

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VANCITY BUZZ – Opinion: LNG is real, it’s here, it’s clean – so let’s get on with saying yes

VANCOUVER SUN – Harvard economist throws support behind natural gas

By Gordon Hoekstra, Vancouver Sun March 3, 2016

North America should export ‘as much LNG as possible’ to help combat climate change

In a call that is sure to be music to the ears of B.C. premier Christy Clark and those in the energy industry, Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter on Thursday said it’s time to get on with LNG exports to help combat climate change.

“It’s good for the world. It’s good for China. It’s good for lots of other people in the world who really care about climate. We should be exporting as much LNG as possible,” Porter told the Globe conference in Vancouver.

Porter, an economist at the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard, made a case that natural gas is a crucial bridge to getting to a world fuelled by renewable energy such as wind and solar.

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