B.C. Air Quality

Industrial Emissions

With respect to emissions, the category called "Industrial Sources" generally refers to larger industrial facilities that are governed by permits or regulations, or are required to report their emissions due to their size or production capacity. In B.C., this category refers to all industrial facilities that operate under the Environmental Management Act (a permit, approval or regulation), or an air-discharge permit issued by Metro Vancouver. Industrial sources are also referred to as "point" sources because they are stationary sources of pollution, such as stacks or vents.

Below is a chart showing the industrial sources of emissions. This is taken from the 2005 British Columbia Emissions Inventory of Criteria Air Contaminants: Methods and Calculations (PDF: 861 B/50 pages). Annual emissions from point sources are reported through the National Pollutant Release Inventory database operated by Environment Canada. 

2005 B.C. Inventory for Industrial Sources of Emissions

Outside the Canadian Lower Fraser Valley Industrial Emissions (tonnes)

CO NOx SOx VOC TRS T-PM PM10 PM2.5
Services to Agriculture 1 0 0 0 59 36 19
Logging Operations 11,489 96 10 973 2,814 2,221 1,320
Mining 382 3,197 4,021 1,144 4,411 3,259 1,316
Oil & Gas (upstream) 6,805 17,025 45,607 2,032 221 221 221
Food & Beverage 72 329 1 12 136 56 17
Wood Products 248,617 7,077 560 22,864 32,662 20,569 14,268
Pulp & Paper 33,421 3,823 8,541 1,883 522 10,147 7,438 5,189
Smelting (primary & secondary) 210 272 8,788 18 1,891 842 499
Misc. Industries 0 1 0 0 32 16 10
Mineral Products 100 1,960 746 27 1,409 954 588
Petroleum Products 2,459 150 2,097 167 195 136 39
Chemical & Plastics 413 3,125 300 1,226 399 332 142
Construction &
Waste Disposal
2,180 427 198 297 2,016 917 564
Pipeline Operations 3,634 15,262 13,725 2,753 395 395 395
Electricity Production 3,146 4,234 292 308 304 298 296
Petroleum Storage 25 14 2 202 2 2 2
Accomodation 10 1 1 3 2 1 1

 

Canadian Lower Fraser Valley Industrial Emissions (tonnes)

CO NOx SOx VOC TRS T-PM PM10 PM2.5
Bulk Shipping Terminals 1 1 0 2 1,064 437 112
Chemical Manufacturing 45 141 3 154 19 16 13
Electric Power Production 9 16 1 3 4 4 4
Foundaries & Fabrication 38 48 4 383 233 178 144
Waste-to-Energy 31 465 108 20 9 9 7
Mineral Products 2,798 3,636 209 145 1,035 455 145
Paper Products 151 122 5 28 317 240 191
Petroleum Products 356 324 595 326 144 102 64
Wood Products 434 207 12 916 1,574 731 326
Misc. 418 247 20 1,963 386 243 161

 

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