CAN (BC): Greenhouse gas emissions exempted for big B.C. greenhouses

Burning natural gas or propane to heat greenhouses growing vegetables, tree seedlings or flowers is up to 80 per cent exempt from B.C.’s carbon tax.

The B.C. agriculture ministry opened applications Tuesday for its greenhouse carbon tax relief program, which reimburses eligible growers for their 2021 fuel consumption. Operators have until May 31 to apply for the grants and must have generated $20,000 or more in crop sales last year from a greenhouse area of more than 455 square meters to be eligible.

The program is available to producers of ornamental flowers and plants, nursery plants, vegetables, or forest seedlings, but not for offices, packing, processing, forklifts, or other vehicles. 

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