more GHGs linked to electricity

more GHGs linked to electricity
more GHGs linked to electricity

Electricity production in New Brunswick creates more greenhouse gases, according to the update of the national greenhouse gas inventory just published by Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Between 2021 and 2022, greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) increased by 600,000 tonnes in the province

The 3.4 million tonnes of GHG in 2022 represent an increase of 21% on the 2.8 million tonnes in 2021.

NB Power, the Crown corporation that is the province’s main producer of electricity, says there are two major reasons for the increase.

She says that since the war in Ukraine began in February 2022, it would have become more profitable to generate energy from fossil fuels than to import electricity produced otherwise.

Then there is the malfunction of the Point Lepreau nuclear power plant.

Éloïse Edom, researcher at the Trottier Energy Institute at Polytechnique Montréal, attributes the situation to the increased electrification of society. New Brunswick is one of the provinces most dependent on electricity generated from fossil fuels.

The demand for electricity has always increased, except that […] has clearly accelerated due to the electrification of uses: the electrification of transport and the electrification of heatingshe explained in an interview on Friday.

In addition to the increase in population, the change in the industrial fabric, there is the increase linked to electrification. It’s not yet a very strong trend in New Brunswick, but it’s a must that is starting to take shapeshe says.

The Irving Oil refinery in Saint John is responsible for about a quarter of New Brunswick’s greenhouse gas emissions. (File photo) Photo: Reuters/Devaan Ingraham

Greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) increased in 2022 at the Belledune and Coleson Coverespectively the second and third largest emitters in the province.

The largest emitter of GHG in New Brunswick is still, by far, the refinery ofIrving located in Saint-Jean.

According to the report by Frédéric Cammarano

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