Clearing the Air: How Canadian LNG Exports Could Help Meet World Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals

9 Pages Posted: 25 Aug 2016 Last revised: 2 Sep 2016

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James W. Coleman

Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law

Sarah M. Jordaan

Johns Hopkins University - Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)

Date Written: August 24, 2016

Abstract

With a glut of natural gas in North America, Canada’s natural gas sector is looking to reach new global markets for liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports. The federal government will likely rule soon on environmental assessments of LNG exports facilities on Canada’s west coast.

If LNG from Canada serves coal-dependent countries, mostly in Asia, Canadian LNG will likely lower global greenhouse gas emissions. However, LNG exports to less coal-dependent countries could result in a net emissions increase.

It is impractical for regulators to assess how individual LNG export facilities will affect overseas greenhouse gas emissions because of uncertainty in markets, which presently makes it nearly impossible to predict exactly where the natural gas will be consumed. Instead, Canadian governments should look to reduce domestic emissions and work toward international partnerships that lower greenhouse gas emissions from the entire energy production and use life cycle.

Keywords: Liquefied Natural Gas, Climate Change, Greenhouse Gases, Gas Exports, LNG

JEL Classification: K32, O13, P28, P48, Q35

Suggested Citation

Coleman, James W. and Jordaan, Sarah M., Clearing the Air: How Canadian LNG Exports Could Help Meet World Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals (August 24, 2016). C.D. Howe Institute eBrief 244; SMU Dedman School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 315. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2828912

James W. Coleman (Contact Author)

Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law ( email )

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Dallas, TX 75275
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.smu.edu/Law/Faculty/Profiles/Coleman-James-W

Sarah M. Jordaan

Johns Hopkins University - Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) ( email )

United States

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