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     OUR ASK OF THE BC GOVERNMENT

We applaud the BC government for addressing climate change by:

 

  • ​Initiating the CleanBC plan to reduce greenhouse gas (GHGs) emissions.  

  • Updating the Climate Change Accountability Act, and legislating 2030 and 2040  targets to reduce GHGs.  

  • Becoming the first jurisdiction in Canada to set 2030 sectoral GHG targets.  

  • Passing the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (DRIPA) and  aligning the BC Environmental Assessment Act with DRIPA.  

  • Commissioning a strategic review of forestry policy, “A New Future for Old Forests”  and establishing the independent Old Growth Technical Advisory Panel. 

The challenge:

 

BC’s GHG emissions have increased 7% since 2007, and CleanBC lacks a plan to achieve the 2030 emissions reduction target of 40%. Meanwhile, the IPCC says emissions should  be reduced by 50% this decade to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees C. Emissions from forestry and natural gas extraction are significantly underreported. Subsidizing the fossil fuel industry works directly against achieving these climate targets. 

Urgent action is required.

We ask the BC government to:

  • Update GHG emissions targets to align with the IPCC 1.5 degree target.  

  • Immediately end the deep-well royalty credit program, and phase out all fossil fuel subsidies by 2025.  

  • Emissions from forestry are large and not adequately included in sectoral targets: ​

    • Establish forestry emission targets and include slash burning and harvested wood  product emissions into the official provincial inventory.  

    • Implement the recommendations of the Old Growth Strategic Review, including immediate suspension of old growth logging, to retain the natural carbon sinks that exist.  

    • Expand the BC carbon tax to cover slash burning.  

  • The expanding LNG industry is reliant on fracked gas, which is primarily methane -- a  potent GHG:  

    • Establish accurate and independent methane monitoring along the entire gas supply chain, from extraction to storage and well abandonment.

    • Expand the BC carbon tax to cover methane emissions.  

  • Commit adequate financial support to local governments to meet ambitious provincial climate targets. Allow local governments regulatory authority to reduce all GHG emissions within their communities.

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