Delivering liquefied natural gas to Canada’s remote communities and industrial facilities could bring “substantial” reduction of greenhouse gas emission, according to a report by ICF International.
Canadian Gas Association president and CEO Timothy Egan said the report quantifies the energy costs reduction and emissions reduction for communities and industry in Canada’s North by expanding LNG delivery and use.
According to the report, nearly 300 remote communities and a number of industrial facilities in Canada are not connected to the North American electrical grid or natural gas distribution pipelines.
The report estimates that by 2025, “at least 23 power generation and 58 industrial customers could convert to LNG.”
In terms of cost savings and emissions reduction, such switch to LNG would result in $2.4 billion in energy cost savings for the LNG customers and a cumulative reduction of 11.1 million tonnes of CO2, according to the report.
The Canadian Gas Association urged the Pan Canadian Climate Strategy to recognize the role of LNG as an alternative energy choice.
Brent Gilmour, executive director of QUEST, a non-profit research agency, noted that LNG, besides reducing the greenhouse gas emissions, can enable Canada’s remote communities cut their reliance on emission intensive energy sources for heating, power and transport.