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BC Premier Calls for 33% Reduction in Greenhouse Gas Emissions; 30% Reduction in Tailpipe CO2 One Initiative

14 February 2007

In a speech to the BC Parliament, British Columbia (Canada) Premier Gordon Campbell called for a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 33% from current levels by 2020. That is equivalent to a 10% reduction from 1990 levels.

Of the many initiatives outlined to achieve the goal, a number were directed at transportation, including:

  • Tailpipe emission standards for all new vehicles sold in BC will be phased in between 2009 and 2016, reducing carbon dioxide emissions from autos by 30%.

  • A low-carbon fuel standard will be established that will reduce carbon intensity of all passenger vehicles by at least 10 per cent by 2020.

  • The $2,000 sales tax exemption on new hybrid vehicles will be extended.

  • Beginning this month, all new cars leased or purchased by the Province will be hybrids.

  • A federal-provincial partnership will invest $89 million for hydrogen fuelling stations and the world’s first fleet of 20 fuel cell buses. The new fuelling stations are part of the initial phase of the hydrogen highway from Whistler to Vancouver, Surrey, and Victoria.

  • The Province will work with Pacific states to encourage a hydrogen highway from Whistler to San Diego by 2020. It would be the longest hydrogen highway in the world.

  • The Premier will meet with governors to assess and address the impact of climate change on our oceans and establish common standards for Pacific ports.

  • The Province will seek federal co-operation to electrify ports and reduce container ship carbon emissions in all Canadian ports.

Also, effective immediately, BC will require 100% carbon sequestration for any new coal-fired electricity project—the first jurisdiction in North America, if not the world, to do so.

Climate change is real, and British Columbians are telling us we must do more as a government and as individuals. We will act to stem the growth of global warming and minimize the impacts already unleashed by establishing targets and actions and by working with our national and international neighbours.

—Premier Campbell

Other initiatives outlined by the Premier to tackle the challenge of global warming include:

  • Interim targets will be set for 2012 and 2016 through a Climate Action Team that will determine the most credible, aggressive and economically viable targets.

  • A longer-term emissions reduction target to be set for 2050.

  • The Climate Action Team will also be asked to identify practicable options and actions for making the government of BC carbon neutral by 2010.

  • All electricity produced in BC will be required to have net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2016.

  • Greenhouse gas emissions from the oil and gas industry will be reduced to 2000 levels by 2016, including a zero-flaring requirement at producing wells and production facilities.

  • A new $25-million Innovative Clean Energy Fund will be established to encourage the commercialization of alternative energy solutions such as bioenergy, geothermal energy, tidal, run-of-the river, solar, and wind power.

  • A new unified BC Green Building Code will be developed with industry and communities.

  • Legislation will be developed to phase in requirements for methane capture at landfills, the source of about nine per cent of BC’s greenhouse gas emissions.

  • New incentives to retrofit existing homes and buildings to make them energy efficient.

  • New measures will help homeowners undertake “energy audits” to identify possible energy savings.

  • Real-time, in-home smart metering will help homeowners measure and reduce energy consumption.

  • Over the next year, the Province will consider the range of possibilities aimed at encouraging personal choices that are environmentally responsible. The Province will explore ways to encourage shifts in behaviour that reduce carbon consumption through tax savings.

  • Parliament Buildings seismic upgrades will include new standards of energy efficiency.

  • New strategies will be launched to promote Pacific Green universities, colleges, hospitals, schools, prisons, ferries, and airports.

  • The Province will substantially increase its tree-planting efforts.

  • The Province will ensure school curricula inform students how they can reduce individual impacts on the environment at home and at work.

  • Beehive burners will be eliminated.

  • Trees infested by the mountain pine beetle will be used to create new, clean energy.

  • This spring, the Province will invite all Pacific Coast governors and key ministers to BC to forge a new Pacific Coast Collaborative extending from Alaska to California.

  • BC will work with its neighbors to create electrified truck stops to reduce idling.

  • The Province will work with the federal government and Pacific partners to develop a sensible, efficient system to register, trade, and purchase carbon offsets and credits.

  • A new Citizen’s Conservation Council will be established and funded.

California Governor Schwarzenegger, who signed the first US state carbon cap into law in 2006, is planning to meet with Premier Campbell in British Columbia this spring to discuss environmental and trade issues.

I am pleased that British Columbia has joined the fight against climate change. Global warming impacts everyone, and states and nations must work together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Along with other states and our international partners, such as the United Kingdom, Sweden, Manitoba, Brazil and China, California is proud to lead the way to take decisive action to combat global warming. I look forward to meeting with Premier Campbell and working with British Columbia on this critical issue. By setting targets to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and damage to the environment, we are taking major steps toward preserving our natural resources for future generations.

—California Governor Schwarzenegger

This week the governors of Illinois and New Jersey also set targets for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in their states.

In January, a new report from CIBC World Markets, the wholesale and corporate banking arm of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC), forecast that all jurisdictions in Canada and the US will have carbon dioxide regulations in place by the end of the decade to address global warming concerns.

The report predicts that every province and state in North America will follow the lead of California and implement not only a CO2 emissions cap but also an emissions trading system that will allow larger polluters to buy emissions credits from other firms whose emissions are less than what is allowed under the cap. (Earlier post.)

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Strategy emissions CO2 of the passenger cars-The Revolutionary FireStorm Spark Plug inventor Robert Krupa Farmington Hills USA,patent US.
Article Nexusmagazine:/www.nexusmagazine.com/articles/Firestorm.html

For years now, I have wondered where and when the next Edison with a bright idea will appear and invent a "lean, green, driving machine". I have finally found such a man. He lives in Farmington Hills, Michigan, and his name is Robert Krupa.
We have all heard the saying, "If something sounds too good to be true, it usually is". The amazing new spark plug designed by Mr Krupa, which he named "FireStorm", is the exception to this rule.
I know that when it comes to buying spark plugs, they are all basically the same except for the price. So, why make a big deal about another new spark plug?

FireStorm's Capabilities
First, let's look at what Krupa's FireStorm spark plugs give an internal combustion engine:
• More horsepower;
• 44–50% increase in mpg;
• Dramatic decrease in emissions.
Second, let's see what FireStorm plugs eliminate:
• Smog pump;
• Catalytic converter;
• Radio frequency interference (RFI) and the use of resistors in the centre electrode;
• Gap growth;
• Exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) systems;
• Misfire/hesitation/detonation/stutter and stumble.

How, you may ask, is all this achieved? In a word, plasma. The revolutionary design of FireStorm spark plugs creates an electric plasma that fills the entire combustion chamber like a firestorm. It allows you to take an internal combustion engine from the standard 14.7:1 air-to-fuel ratio to an incredibly lean 24:1. At this ratio, all the air/fuel mixture is burned much more efficiently without increasing heat, thus giving an engine more power and fuel economy while creating much less pollution. That's the good news
The bad news is that you can't buy a set of FireStorm spark plugs anywhere right now. No spark plug company wants to make them.

Yea right, I think I saw Billy Mays selling these on late night TV.

I see three reasons why no spark plug company wants to manufacture Firestorm plugs.
1) The patent holder demands too much for a production license.
2) The need for retooling the factories would make the plugs way too expensive.
3) They don't work any better than current plugs.

What a load of crap, 5 bucks says that guy is just at the bottom of a pyramid scheme and needs to sell some stupid spark plugs with insane promises

I would find these promises more serious if the province wasn't plowing ahead with a huge highway expansion project in Vancouver.

A 30% tailpipe reduction from new cars by 2016? How, pray tell? Politicians can set all the lofty goals they want, but it's up to engineers to try and meet them.

What worries me is what this patchwork of CO2 tailpipe emission requirements will do to the automobile market. British Columbia has a population of 4,300,000. That's not a huge market compared to, say, California.

I may think that Campbell is slimy and corrupt (he calls himself Liberal, but he comes from a long line of equally slimy and corrupt Social Credit premiers); but I've never said he was stupid (another face comes to mind). He's watched Arnie get re-elected and has decided that green can translate into votes. I'll give him full credit for the plan. Let's see what he does with it.

I sure hope the plan to sequester CO2 includes the Tumbler Ridge coal fired project (there's another in the works too).

Cervus:

Over the couple of years Campbell government proved itself to be business-friendly and quite pragmatic. Note, that propositions are clearly divided in four distinct parts.

One is timely measures to improve energy efficiency (and GHG emissions) and reduce air pollution, and they take place quite fast. Zero flaring, tapping landfills, improved building codes, utilization of huge forestry waste, purchase of hybrids for government fleets and extension of tax credits for HEV buyers, electrified truck stops and port operations, etc. Low carbon fuel standard means more NG and LPG form local wells, which is good and economically beneficial for both producers and consumers.

Second is educational and alike measures. Won’t hart.

Third is loud, but in reality (in BC!) trivial measures. Practically all electricity in BC is hydro, so zero GHG emission from electricity generation is easy to achieve, for example by BC Hydro subsidizing tree planting program. Two highly controversial small coal firing plants (first in BC, and one, actually, wood/coal co-combustion unit) will be scrapped without much grieve from anybody. Even investment in hydrogen infrastructure and fuel cell buses is no more than subsidy to local business (Ballard Power Systems).

Forth is pipe dream programs like 33% reduction in GHG emissions, 30% reduction of CO2 emission from cars, carbon trading, and alike. These measures are very kindly worded and will take effect w-e-ell into the future. For after election.

With this eco-plan, BC will certainly get its fair share of the new Federal $1.5 billion eco-trust-fund, as did Quebec two days ago.

Harper's solution, using part of the Federal surplus to create a Federal eco-fund to support Provincial eco-plans may be a politically wise decision.

It has the advantage of involving the Provincial authorities. This BC plan seems to be part of it. The other Provinces will follow.

There is a rumour that a similar eco-fund will be created to finance major cities eco-plans. Why not!.

When Federal surpluses run out, those eco-funds could be financed with a new Federal fossil fuel tax + (if needed) a special yearly tax on all personnal vehicles with fossil fuel less than 40 mpg?

We may not enjoy paying taxes in Canada very much, but we are willing to consider the idea. The only problem we have is that our buddies to the south are rabidly anti-taxation which makes it more difficult to implement carbon taxes here (people will just drive south for their fuel).

European vehicles are taxed yearly on their CO2 emissions above 140gm/km. It is a BIG tax like 2000 euros for a 2.5 liter BMW. A tax like that would clobber big CO2 SUVs etc but probably be political suicde.

Doug, it does show however that the world doesn't fall apart when CO2 is taxed, unlike some people's expectations...

Reading his speech, the one thing I might have hoped more for is regards to alternative fuels.

For example,
"Beginning this month, all new cars leased or purchased by the Province will be hybrids."

Hybrids are only one improvement; natural gas vehicles are another. (Strange they don't notice since, since BC is literally on the forefront of natural gas and hydrogen engine development for buses, trucks, et al, with Westport Innovations being there). In that same vein:

"A federal-provincial partnership will invest $89 million for hydrogen fuelling stations and the world's first fleet of 20 fuel cell buses. The new fuelling stations are part of the initial phase of the hydrogen highway from Whistler to Vancouver, Surrey, and Victoria.
The Province will work with Pacific states to encourage a hydrogen highway from Whistler to San Diego by 2020. It would be the longest hydrogen highway in the world."

What we need all of our governments to do is work on providing highway initiatives et al that provide or guarantee the availability of alternative fuels. Hydrogen - while one that I would have on the list - is not the most important one in terms of having the quicket near-term and medium-term impacts; natural gas, and ethanol from biowaste and cellulosic sources. (In fact,

"Trees infested by the mountain pine beetle will be used to create new, clean energy."

could even be used here. There is at least one company focusing on exactly that sort of area: Diversa, with its recently-announced merger of Celunol. That's exactly the sort of thing they are hoping to capitalize on.

Global warming is happeng faster than was predicted just a couple of years ago. It is unfortunate that BC, California, et al, in terms of where they could have the biggest impact - highway support infrastructure - are focusing on what in the near and mid-terms is the least effective fuel, hydrogen, in terms of GHG reduction; and not emphasizing enough making them Alternative Fuel Highways that include the even more important natural gas, ultra-clean diesel (e.g, from properly done F-T processes), as well as properly done biodiesel and ethanol.

Reading his speech, the one thing I might have hoped more for is regards to alternative fuels.

For example,
"Beginning this month, all new cars leased or purchased by the Province will be hybrids."

Hybrids are only one improvement; natural gas vehicles are another. (Strange they don't notice since, since BC is literally on the forefront of natural gas and hydrogen engine development for buses, trucks, et al, with Westport Innovations being there). In that same vein:

"A federal-provincial partnership will invest $89 million for hydrogen fuelling stations and the world's first fleet of 20 fuel cell buses. The new fuelling stations are part of the initial phase of the hydrogen highway from Whistler to Vancouver, Surrey, and Victoria.
The Province will work with Pacific states to encourage a hydrogen highway from Whistler to San Diego by 2020. It would be the longest hydrogen highway in the world."

What we need all of our governments to do is work on providing highway initiatives et al that provide or guarantee the availability of alternative fuels. Hydrogen - while one that I would have on the list - is not the most important one in terms of having the quicket near-term and medium-term impacts; natural gas, and ethanol from biowaste and cellulosic sources. (In fact,

"Trees infested by the mountain pine beetle will be used to create new, clean energy."

could even be used here. There is at least one company focusing on exactly that sort of area: Diversa, with its recently-announced merger of Celunol. That's exactly the sort of thing they are hoping to capitalize on.

Global warming is happeng faster than was predicted just a couple of years ago. It is unfortunate that BC, California, et al, in terms of where they could have the biggest impact - highway support infrastructure - are focusing on what in the near and mid-terms is the least effective fuel, hydrogen, in terms of GHG reduction; and not emphasizing enough making them Alternative Fuel Highways that include the even more important natural gas, ultra-clean diesel (e.g, from properly done F-T processes), as well as properly done biodiesel and ethanol.

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