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About This Priority

Metro Vancouver’s small but diverse manufacturing sector includes cement production, food processing, metal fabrication, chemical manufacturing, forest products, petroleum refining and construction.

Combined, these industries contribute 23% of the region’s total greenhouse gas emissions.

Climate 2050: Industry

Cost-effective solutions like low-carbon renewable energy and product innovation are key to reducing industry (manufacturing and construction) emissions - about 25% in this region.

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Anticipated Impacts

  • Industrial facilities primarily generate GHG emissions from burning natural gas, propane and fuel oil to produce heat for industrial processes, and to a lesser extent, to heat buildings. In addition, some industrial processes produce non-combustion GHG emissions.
  • The challenge in the coming years will be to reduce emissions substantially even as the population and economy continue to grow.

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Opportunities

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.

 

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Climate change is already affecting our planet and our region in profound ways, making our summers hotter and drier, our winters warmer and wetter, and increasing the occurrence of extreme weather events.

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