It takes a diverse team of dedicated employees to lead the transition to a lower-carbon energy future for BC. As the province’s largest energy provider, we’re putting more than 100 years of knowledge and experience into practice on our path to achieve provincial climate action goals by 2030 and our long-term vision to 2050.
Transforming BC’s energy future
We can achieve a lower-carbon energy future by driving forward with innovative solutions like delivering renewable and low carbon gases to our customers and offering new energy-efficient technologies for BC homes and businesses. As an electricity provider, we continue to provide our customers in the Southern Interior with clean, renewable energy today and for years to come. These actions support the CleanBC Roadmap to 2030, the Paris Climate Agreement and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
By working together with our customers, community groups, Indigenous communities, government and industry we continue to make strong progress year over year to help reduce our customers’ greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Growing our renewable and low carbon gas supply
We’re finding exciting, innovative ways to generate Renewable Natural Gas1 (RNG) from landfills, wood waste, wastewater, household food scraps and other forms of organic waste. We see a future with more renewable and low carbon gases flowing through our system in place of conventional natural gas. We plan to exceed the 15 per cent renewable gas target by 2030, outlined in the CleanBC Roadmap. We’re also investing in research to better understand how to safely blend hydrogen into our system to help us further decarbonize our gas system.
Investing in energy efficiency
We continue to increase investment in our conservation and energy efficiency programs helping more customers upgrade to high-efficiency gas and electric appliances to lower their energy use and GHG emissions. We’re also taking action to introduce the next generation of high-efficiency gas technology, like gas heat pumps that can achieve efficiencies of more than 100 per cent, helping further decarbonize BC homes and businesses.
Driving emission reductions in the transportation sector
Transportation accounts for the largest GHG emissions footprint in BC at approximately 41 per cent.2 We continue to increase supply of compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG) and RNG while providing incentives to fleet operators, helping them lower emissions in their vehicles. Over the years, we’ve provided support for more than 1,000 medium and heavy-duty vehicles so they can operate on CNG or LNG. In the Okanagan and Kootenays, we’re expanding our electric vehicle (EV) charging network to help make it easier to own and drive an EV.
Fuelling innovation with liquefied natural gas
FortisBC is a leader in local and global LNG exports to support the growth of LNG as a cleaner fuel to reduce GHG emissions in the marine sector. We’ve been providing LNG fuel for ferries for years. This is one of the most meaningful steps we can take to reduce GHG emissions here in BC and beyond our borders.
How we’re taking action
What does the future of energy look like? With partners across the province, we’re committed to delivering a range of energy solutions to help transform BC’s energy future.
We deliver safe, reliable and cost-effective natural gas, electricity and Renewable Natural Gas to customers across the province. Our more than 2,600 employees proudly serve approximately 1.2 million customers in 135 British Columbian communities and 58 First Nations communities across 150 Traditional Territories.
Learn more about our service areas, facilities, safety measures, environmental policy and leadership team.
Our commitment to Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples
We continue to build and strengthen relationships with Indigenous Peoples and actively invest in Indigenous communities, job training and recruitment. It’s important to build authentic, mutually respectful relationships with Indigenous Peoples as part of our commitment to Reconciliation.
Learn more about how we approach Reconciliation, culture, business development, training and energy efficiency with Indigenous communities.
1Renewable Natural Gas is produced in a different manner than conventional natural gas. It is derived from biogas, which is produced from decomposing organic waste from landfills, agricultural waste and wastewater from treatment facilities.
The biogas is captured and cleaned to create carbon neutral Renewable Natural Gas (also called biomethane).
2Pathways for British Columbia to achieve its GHG reduction goals; Guidehouse, 2020 – page 11.