We conduct and commission original research to better understand the energy landscape and how policy decisions are made.

1. Executive Summary

The Government of British Columbia can unlock multiple social, employment, and environmental benefits by directing and/or enabling liquefied natural gas (LNG) proponents to maximize the use of...

A Cold Climate Advantage?

At a recent energy-industry conference, British Columbia’s deputy minister for natural gas development stated that his province’s cold weather offers LNG producers and customers a significant...

For The Record

Since February 2012, the Government of British Columbia has been stating that the fuel produced in its proposed liquefied natural gas industry will meet and beat the global gold standard for carbon...

10. Sources

(S&T)2 Consultants Inc. (2011). Shale Gas Update for GHGenius. Bradbury, J., Obeiter, M., Drauker, L., Wang, W., & Stevens, A. (2013). Clearing the Air: Reducing Upstream Greenhouse Gas...

9. Conclusions

The Government of British Columbia has made it clear that its proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry will market the “cleanest LNG in the world” with “lower life cycle greenhouse gas...

8. Further Research

An opportunity exists to identify current best practices with respect to airshed, marine, aquatic, and other non-carbon impacts of LNG development and compare them with current industry proposals....

7. Detailed Discussion of Results

The above discussion is based on a life cycle comparison of seven potential B.C. scenarios, including production, processing, transportation and liquefaction. Detailed methodology, assumptions, and...

6. A Recipe for LNG Leadership

After exploring various options (see Section 7, below), we conclude that a world-leading British Columbia LNG facility would need to be powered with a combination of grid electricity, new renewables,...

5. Factors Influencing the Carbon Footprint of LNG

As the above examples illustrate, not all LNG facilities are created equal. In British Columbia, industry proponents have a range of technologies and strategies at their disposal—both...

4. The Cleanest LNG in the World

The cleanest LNG in the world is currently produced at two separate facilities located a half world apart: Statoil’s Snøhvit project, on the island of Melkøya in the Norwegian Sea, and the Gorgon...

3. Our Approach

To define what “cleanest LNG” really means, and recommend how British Columbia could achieve it via a hypothetical LNG sector, we commissioned a scan of the global LNG industry, a survey of best...