NDP MLA Nathan Cullen says new industry project will invest in clean technology, support jobs

SMITHERS – New Democrat MLA Nathan Cullen says people will benefit from a new project in Northwest B.C. that will invest in clean technology, reduce climate pollution and support local jobs.

“In order to tackle climate change we need everyone, individuals, business, heavy industry, everyone playing a part,” said Nathan Cullen, MLA for Stikine. “This investment helps reduce our climate impacts to the equivalent of 2,131 of cars off the road every year for years and years to come.”

Newcrest Red Chris Mining Ltd. is receiving $448,000 to replace a diesel-powered water pump and electric generator with a new electric pump and a connection to the low-carbon BC Hydro electric grid. This project is expected to reduce 9,800 tonnes of carbon emissions through 2031.

As part of the CleanBC Industry Fund’s third round of investment, the BC NDP government has announced 25 successful projects that will support the adoption of cleaner technologies and reduce emissions in sectors like pulp and paper, mining, oil and gas and others. The CleanBC projects are supported by more than $70 million in carbon tax revenues paid by industry.

The CleanBC Industry Fund is one part of the Province’s plan to reduce emissions from industry, which includes aiming to eliminate all industrial methane by 2035, integrating emissions goals in the oil and gas royalty system, supporting electrification through BC Hydro, and making all new industrial developments ‘net-zero ready’.

The fund is an important part of the CleanBC Roadmap to 2030, which is B.C.’s plan to expand and accelerate climate action by building on the province’s natural advantages – abundant, clean electricity, innovative technology and a highly skilled workforce.

Learn more: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2022ENV0004-000139