Reducing emissions from the various industrial sectors requires targeted approaches, such as encouraging or requiring a switch to low carbon fuels like renewable natural gas.
Metro Vancouver is working with its member municipalities, partners and the private sector to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through targeted incentive and education programs, green procurement, advocacy, pilot projects/ demonstrations, regulations that encourage process emissions reduction, energy recovery, and moving to less carbon-intensive sources of energy. These activities would increase the production and use of low carbon, renewable energy alternatives and stimulate product and process innovations.
As well as burning fuel, cement production processes are a major source of industrial carbon dioxide emissions. The region’s two cement plants are the largest industrial point sources in Metro Vancouver and account for more than 10% of the region’s GHG emissions (approximately 1.6 million tonnes).
Since 2000, GHG emissions from the industrial sector have fallen by 43%. Metro Vancouver is pursuing a regional target of 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 2007 levels by 2050.