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Septimus natural gas plant in B.C. Photo courtesy Canadian Natural.

5 reasons B.C. is a leader in clean natural gas

Innovation, energy efficiency and clean power are why B.C. and Canada lead the world in sustainably produced natural gas.

Natural gas producers in British Columbia are advancing the development of practices and technologies that will better monitor and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at their operations. Large scale initiatives, like electrification, are delivering significant reductions now, while inventive undertakings are laying the foundation for sustained reductions. These initiatives and investments are undertaken by companies on the own environmental and economic merits, but government can be a strong partner with industry. Policies such as the GHG offset protocol, and the award-winning Clean Infrastructure Royalty Credit Program can make a critical difference in the economic viability of select projects.

Here are five stories demonstrating some of the initiatives industry has undertaken to reduce GHG emissions at their operations in northeastern B.C., and maintain Canada's leadership as a producer of clean natural gas:

Photo (above): Shell employee works with a zero-bleed electric valve actuator, a device that eliminates methane emissions associated with natural gas actuators used at well sites. Courtesy Shell.

Photo (above) : Aerial shot of Canadian Natural's Septimus Natural Gas Processing Plant which uses hydroelectricity to drive electric compressor motors. Courtesy Canadian Natural.

Photo (above): ARC Resources Dawson Creek Phase 3 natural gas processing facility includes this energy-saving waste-heat recovery unit. Courtesy ARC Resources.

Photo (above): Drone technology developed by Geoscience BC will be used to create a map of GHG emissions in northeastern B.C. Courtesy Canbriam.