EBR Proposal Notice and Comment Period for Amendments to the Ontario Cap and Trade Program

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ON Cap & Trade Regulatory Amendment Comment PeriodOn May 19, 2016, two regulations that form the backbone of the cap and trade program became law – the Cap and Trade Program Regulation (O. Reg. 144/16) which took effect July 1, 2016 and the Quantification, Reporting and Verification of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Regulation (O. Reg. 143/16) which takes effect January 1, 2017.

The Ministry is now proposing amendments to clarify policy, technical and administrative requirements of the Program. The amendments include changes to the:

  • Cap and Trade Program Regulation
  • Methodology for Distribution of Ontario Emission Allowances Free of Charge
  • Quantification, Reporting and Verification of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Regulation
  • Guideline for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting

The full list of proposed regulatory changes can be viewed through the EBR Regulation Proposal Notice for EBR Registry #012-8953, available here.

Some of the key points to note include:

  • Addition of new reporting requirements for indirect emissions from imported Indirect Useful Thermal Energy (IUTE).
  • Provides opportunity for facilities with IUTE emissions to join the Cap and Trade Program as a voluntary participant.

The comment period for this Proposal Notice is only available until December 4, 2016.   

Comments can be submitted to:

Sheri Beaton
Project Manager
Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
Climate Change and Environmental Policy Division
Air Policy Instruments and Programs Design Branch
77 Wellesley Street West
Floor 10
Ferguson Block
Toronto, Ontario
M7A 2T5
Phone: (416) 314-4826

Online via http://www.ebr.gov.on.ca/ERS-WEB-External/searchComment.do?actionType=add&noticeId=MTMwODQ5&statusId=MTk4MjEw&noticeHeaderIdString=MTMwODQ2

For more information in regards to Ontario’s Cap and Trade Program, please contact Marnie Freer.