Woodfibre LNG launches its plan to achieve net zero emissions by 2027

Christine Kennedy, President of Woodfibre LNG

Woodfibre LNG announced its Roadmap to Net Zero, a tangible plan to achieve net zero emissions by the time operations start in 2027, 23 years ahead of govt regulation. This roadmap will see Woodfibre LNG be the first LNG export facility to achieve net zero, and includes commitments to be net zero through the construction stage of the Project and during operations. Woodfibre LNG is member of the Pacific Energy group of companies.

This fast-tracked timeline exceeds the federal requirement to be net zero by 2050, while providing benefits to local First Nations, British Columbians, and Canadians. The Project’s net zero roadmap follows the British Columbia Government’s announcement of a new Energy Action Framework, requiring proposed LNG facilities in or entering the environmental assessment process to develop and submit a credible plan to be net zero by 2030.

What are specifics of the Woodfibre’s ambitious plan?

Woodfibre LNG is able to achieve net zero in part because of early stage decisions aligned with the Indigenous led environmental assessment process conducted by the Squamish Nation, which resulted in the Nation’s environmental assessment agreement related to the Project in 2015. Among these was electric compressors using renewable hydroelectricity from BC Hydro, resulting in 14 times fewer emissions than a conventional LNG facility.

Woodfibre LNG was designed to be the lowest carbon intensive LNG export facility, with an annual emissions profile of 83,374 tonnes of CO2e annually, and a carbon intensity of 0.04 (tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent [CO2e] per tonne of LNG), below the benchmark of 0.16. Its roadmap commits to implementing GHG reducing tech, and outlines incremental opportunities to reduce emissions further as tech develops and become more affordable.

As part of its net zero roadmap, Woodfibre LNG will also offset emissions during the construction phase of the Project. Woodfibre LNG has secured carbon credits from Cheakamus Community Forest, which is a nature-based carbon offset project in Whistler, where the Squamish Nation, Lil’Wat Nation and Resort Municipality of Whistler are partners.

In addition, Woodfibre LNG has procured carbon credits from BigCoast Forest Climate Initiative for hard-to-abate emissions during operations. BigCoast Forest Climate Initiative is a nature-based, forest preservation project located in coastal British Columbia that has partnerships with over 25 First Nations. Woodfibre LNG’s robust strategy has been independently validated by a Canadian climate engineering firm, Brightspot Climate Inc.

Woodfibre LNG’s roadmap is consistent with Canada’s Methane Strategy and draft guidance for best-in-class GHG emissions performance by oil and gas projects. The roadmap is a document that will be updated annually to integrate efficiency improvements, new tech, and evolving industry practices to reflect evolving net zero industrial and regulatory landscape.

What does the project mean for Woodfibre LNG?

“Woodfibre LNG’s roadmap prioritizes emissions avoidance and reduction opportunities, and we are proud to have a credible strategy in place that will make us the world’s first net zero facility,” said Christine Kennedy, President of Woodfibre LNG commenting on the project.

“Alongside the leadership and vision set out by the Province’s new Energy Action Framework, achieving net zero allows Woodfibre LNG to advance the global energy transition, furthering economic reconciliation and contributing to British Columbia’s standard of living.”

“Woodfibre LNG’s announcement comes at a time when global trading partners, like Japan, are calling on the Government of Canada to provide a reliable, sustainable source of LNG to support global energy demands. The project has a critical role to play in demonstrating that British Columbia and its diversified portfolio of energy offerings can contribute to a low carbon future, both at home and abroad,” commented Ratnesh Bedi, President of Pacific Energy.

Review Woodfibre LNG’s Roadmap to Net Zero at the website.