NDP MLA Simons says new industry projects will invest in clean technology, support jobs

PORT MELLON – New Democrat MLA Nicholas Simons says people will benefit from new projects on the Sunshine Coast that will invest in clean technology, reduce climate pollution and support local jobs.

People on the Sunshine Coast are committed to doing their part to reduce emissions, and that includes our industries,” said MLA Simons. “These projects at the Port Mellon mill will have the same effect as taking over 5,000 cars off the road per year and help get us closer to our climate goals.”

The Howe Sound Pulp & Paper Corporation is receiving nearly $1.7 million for three projects to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions over the next ten years (emissions are measured in kilotons of carbon dioxide equivalent – ktCO2e). The first will upgrade the biomass boiler to reduce natural gas use and consume waste biomass fuels, eliminating 50ktCO2e. The second will capture bio-methanol from process wastewater for reuse, reducing natural gas use further and eliminating 45ktCO2e. The last will upgrade the existing system that captures and recycles kiln dust, eliminating 40ktCO2e by 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: Clean tech investments for industry to reduce emissions, boost jobs