While many Canadians have enjoyed the products produced in Asia—think furniture, toys, games, clothing, cars—there is a dark side to industrialization. Approximately 1.6 million deaths a year in China are linked to air pollution from the primarily coal-based production processes. Unfortunately, the quality of the air Canadians and Americans breathe are not immune from the impact of the activity in Asia, but there is a solution.
Often used to heat our homes and make every day products, natural gas is considered one of the world’s cleanest and safest energy sources. By making natural gas available to global markets, it can help replace other energy forms such as coal-fired electricity. That’s why natural gas is considered an ideal transition fuel as our society moves towards less carbon-intensive energy sources. Once the natural gas is delivered through our pipeline, our customer, Pacific NorthWest LNG will prepare it for export by converting the gas to a liquefied state; also known as LNG.
A recent study indicates if a number of these proposed LNG projects in B.C. proceed, they could reduce global greenhouse gas by as much as 176 million tonnes annually. Research also suggests natural gas exported from LNG terminals in B.C. would largely replace coal-fired facilities in Asian countries.
Read more about the impact of Asia’s air pollution on the United States and Canada via the TransCanada blog.