“George immigrated to B.C. in 1960s. But he was not the first to the province as his great grandfather and grandfather came respectively in the 1880s and around 1911, before coming back,” said Horgon, “so I think George and his family is a symbol for the connections between our two provinces. And having him on this trip reinforces what we have done in the past and our great potential going forward.”
Before his position as Premier of B.C., John Horgan used to be a critic of energy and mining, something that he is still passionate about.
A low-carbon economy roundtable is held between Guangdong and B.C.[Photo\Guangdong Foreign Affair Office]During the trip to Guangdong, he participated in a low-carbon economy roundtable where he met with stakeholders and saw opportunities for cooperation as China is working to reduce carbon emissions.
“Today a Guangdong government official invited us to jointly create a carbon market to further drive down carbon emissions, and also take advantage of the opportunity for innovation that this presents,” said John Horgan, “I know Guangdong is leading the way with 25 percent or less use of coal than the national average, making it an ideal place for cooperation.”
In fact, cooperation between Guangdong and B.C. in the energy sector has increasingly tightened since they signed the MoU on climate change and low carbon development in 2015.
For example, Guangdong Gas Group signed a preliminary off-take agreement with Woodfibre LNG in 2016 to import 1 million tons of liquefied natural gas per year from its B.C. faculty, covering nearly half of its planned annual output. While Ballard Power Systems, a B.C.-based fuel cell solutions provider, helped produce the first fuel-cell-powered bus in Guangdong, and most recently, set up its first China office in Guangzhou.