Newsletter: Woodfibre LNG to beat net-zero targets. And more . . . .

Our newsletter: 30 March 2023


Woodfibre LNG to beat net-zero targets

Woodfibre LNG pledges its plant will be net zero in 2027, 23 years ahead of the federal target of 2050, and three years ahead of BC’s net-zero requirement for new LNG plants.

Woodfibre’s net-zero plan includes electrification, new technology, and then forestry carbon offsets for the hard-to-abate emissions that are still left over.

“Woodfibre will be facility net zero from the first day of operations,” said CEO Christine Kennedy.

Woodfibre has been working with climate consulting firm Brightspot Climate to validate its Scope 1 and 2 emissions (direct and indirect) “to develop a credible and defensible net zero plan.” The plan does not include Scope 3 emissions, such as upstream emissions from natural-gas extraction.

The forest carbon offsets to be used come from the Cheakamus Community Forest (in which the Lil’wat and Squamish First Nations are partners) and the BigCoast Forest Climate Initiative on Mosaic Forest’s lands. (In this, the Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCA) Innovation Program is a partner.)

Cedar LNG and First Nations

The Cedar LNG project in BC, led by the Haisla Nation, says it has the strong support of neighbouring Nations.

“Years of collaboration and constructive engagement with these Nations have helped to ensure the project will be designed, constructed, and operated responsibly, while providing benefits through construction jobs and contracting, training opportunities, long-term employment, and other measures that will contribute to economic prosperity in the region.”

The federal government, giving the project a green light to move into the next stages of approvals, sees as “low” the project’s impact on “physical and cultural heritage of Indigenous peoples, current use of lands and resources for traditional purposes by Indigenous peoples, and any change occurring in Canada to the health, social or economic conditions of the Indigenous peoples of Canada.”

And Ottawa also sees “positive effects by supporting self-governance and self-determination for Haisla Nation as the majority owner of Cedar LNG, advancing reconciliation with this Indigenous group.”

But some of Ottawa’s more than 250 requirements and conditions address Indigenous issues and potential impact on First Nations Peoples.

  • Meanwhile, the Nisga’a Nation’s Ksi Lisims LNG project is getting set for the next step in the environmental-assessment process:
  • The Ksi Lisims LNG project looks for upgrade of BC Hydro grid so the plant can be electrified and reduce emissions:
  • Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer says the Ksi Lisims project faces major hurdles:
  • And Vaughn Palmer says BC’s premier needs to ‘light a fire under both B.C. Hydro and the B.C. Utilities Commission’ to ensure LNG projects can get power:
  • BC looks to electricity to power new plants (such as Cedar LNG and Phase 2 of LNG Canada) But how will BC feed the demand? ‘Meeting it will not be easy.’

Indigenous clean-energy news



First, a new event to note: From Nation2Nation, the N2N Women’s Gathering coming up in May at Smithers BC:

And Nation2Nation’s N2N Forum in October will return to being a three-day event:



  • The Canadian Gas Association’s Energy Nexus and annual technical conference, April 17-20, Calgary. Info/register:
  • From the First Nations Major Projects Coalition, the Values Driven Economy Conference, April 24-25, Vancouver.


  • Canada Gas and LNG Exhibition and Conference, May 9-11, Vancouver:
  • The Forward Summit 2023, May 17-18, Grey Eagle Resort & Casino near Calgary. Registration: (Note that there’s an Indigenous discount.)






  • The International Gas Research Conference, May 13-16. Our Karen Ogen is on the national organizing committee. Conference website:

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