The mining sector includes industries that extract basic commodities from the ground. In British Columbia, Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, coal and metals mining predominate in this sector.
In 2010, the mining sector in this region
consumed 9,775,397 GJ and
emitted 409,915 GHG tonnes.
British Columbia is the largest exporter of coal in Canada; 56% of the coal exported goes to Asia. Coal is primarily mined on the surface using large vehicles and oil makes up 2.71% of the total energy consumed. Electricity (40.22%) and natural gas (16.30%) are other sources of energy for this sector.
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