Canada has an emerging opportunity to create thousands of good, sustainable jobs, while making a significant contribution in the fight against global emissions. That opportunity? Liquefied Natural Gas or LNG.
The LNG we are developing in Canada will be the cleanest in the world. Which means Canada has an amazing opportunity to help reduce global emissions by exporting our clean, sustainable LNG to countries in Asia to displace coal-fired power plants. In China alone, it is estimated they are building a new coal plant every two weeks to meet the energy demands of their growing population!
The International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that coal to gas switching reduces emissions by 50 per cent in electricity generation. It is clear that exporting our country's clean LNG is how we can best tackle growing emissions.
Developing and exporting our LNG resource isn't just good for the planet, its good for Canadians. A recent study found that a thriving LNG industry in Canada could generate $500 billion in investments, creating nearly 100,000 jobs per year.
LNG development checks all the right boxes - its good for the environment and our economy.
But we cannot take this opportunity for granted. There are leaders and organizations who are actively trying to sabotage this Canadian opportunity and we can't let that happen.
Join Canada's Energy Citizens today and send Premier John Horgan an email in support of Canadian LNG. It only takes a minute and your support will make a difference.
What is Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)?
Natural gas is the single largest form of energy used in Canadian homes, with over 6 million homeowners using natural gas to heat their homes, hot water and cook meals. Natural gas has been a part of Canada’s energy mix since it was first discovered in New Brunswick in 1859. Today about 30 percent of Canada’s entire energy needs are met by natural gas.
Natural gas, when produced and used in Canada, is shipped as a gas through pipelines to a local distribution company and then delivered to customers.
When natural gas is shipped to distant foreign markets, the natural gas is cooled to -161°C to become a liquid.
Growing global demand has created a unique but time-limited opportunity for Canada to develop its domestic liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry. Canada is the world’s fifth-largest producer of natural gas, with an estimated 1,225 trillion cubic feet of remaining resources (Source: NEB 2017). At current rates of consumption, Canada has sufficient natural gas to meet the country’s needs for 300 years, meaning we have ample supplies for export.
Natural Gas Complements Renewables:
Renewable energy will continue to expand in the years to come. As the world’s population continues to grow, we will need more of ALL sources of energy to meet the growing demand. Natural gas and renewables work in partnership as renewable power can be intermittent (sometimes the sun doesn’t shine, and the wind doesn’t blow) so natural gas often backs up renewable power generation. Our economy relies on a consistent energy supply to function. Think how frustrating it is when you lose your power at home or the office? Natural gas prevents this when it complements renewable energy production.
Canada: The world’s best LNG
Canada’s LNG projects will produce LNG with the lowest emissions anywhere in the world: 35-percent lower than the best-performing LNG projects and up to 60-percent lower than the overall global average.
China is adding one new coal-fired power plant every two weeks to meet its growing energy needs. Canadian LNG burns 40 per cent cleaner than coal. Exporting our sustainable and renewable LNG is how Canada can best take climate action.