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ECCC Offering Federal GHG Information Sessions

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ECCC Offering Federal GHG Information Sessions

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) has announced online information sessions offered later this week to support facilities navigating the new Federal GHG reporting requirements.

A General Reporting Requirements Session will be hosted on Wednesday, May 1 from 1:30-3:30 EDT, and the session covering the Expanded Reporting Requirements will be held on Thursday, May 2 from 1:30-3:30 EDT.  ECCC plans to post the slide decks after the sessions have concluded. 

Reporting requirements details are available on the ECCC GHGRP website.  Contact LEHDER for more information and assistance.

Federal Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program – 2018 Reporting Year

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Federal Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program – 2018 Reporting Year

The 2018 Reporting Period was opened on Friday, March 29, 2019 for the Canadian Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program (GHGRP).  Reports are due June 1, 2019 via the Single Window system, and pertain to GHG emitted between January 1 and December 31, 2018.  For most facilities, the reporting threshold is 10 000 tonnes of CO2eq emitted during 2018.  In accordance with the 2018 Reporting Notice published on January 19, 2019, the 2018 reporting year encompasses Phases 1 and 2 of the expanded reporting requirements.  

Facilities covered under Phases 1 and Phase 2 must utilize specific quantification methodologies to estimate emissions which are detailed in Canada’s Greenhouse Gas Quantification Requirements for 2018.   Phase 1 and 2 activities include:

  • CO2 capture, transport, and storage activities
  • mining
  • electricity and heat generation
  • petroleum refineries
  • the production of:
    • cement
    • lime
    • aluminium
    • iron and steel
    • ethanol
    • ammonia
    • nitric acid
    • hydrogen
    • pulp and paper
    • base metal

Due to similarities with Provincial reporting requirements, facilities in BC, ON, PQ, NS and NL can elect to submit their provincial report to the GHGRP to satisfy 2018 reporting requirements.  Environment and Climate Change Canada has not indicated whether this coordination will be offered in subsequent years.  More details are available on the GHGRP Reporting website.  

Contact LEHDER for more information and assistance.


Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program Resources Available

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The following information was disseminated by the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program of Environment and Climate Change Canada on May 4, 2018 and includes a list of resources now available for 2017RY GHG Reporting.


 

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC)’s Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program (GHGRP) is accepting GHG reports for the 2017 calendar year:

Available Resources

Here are resources available to help you report to the GHGRP (includes newly added resources).

We conducted several Webex information sessions in April to explain the general requirements (for all facilities) and newly expanded requirements (for specific facilities). We also gave a demonstration on how to use the Single Window to submit a GHG report.

NEW! Below are links to the information provided during these sessions.


Questions? Please contact us by telephone or email.

Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program
Environment and Climate Change Canada / Government of Canada
ec.ges-ghg.ec@canada.ca
Tel: 819-938-3258
Toll Free: 1-877-877-8375
Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program Website

For more information on GHG reporting requirements, please contact Marnie Freer.

Ontario Government - Red Tape Challenge for Chemical Manufacturing

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Chemical Manufacturing Comments for Red Tape ChallengeThe Government of Ontario is soliciting feedback regarding regulations affecting the chemical manufacturing industry, based upon the Red Tape Challenge.  Comments are currently being received on 148 different regulations which affect this industry until September 30, 2017.  A report with the consultation findings will be issued on March 30, 2018.

This government initiative is intended to provide an avenue for stakeholders to provide input on existing regulations to assist with updating, improving or eliminating the regulations pertaining to the chemical manufacturing industry.

Consultation on the following regulatory categories is currently available:

Comments can be provided by selecting the category above; more information regarding this consultation is available at:

https://talks.ontario.ca/redtapechallenge/

If you do not work within this industry, the Ontario Government is still interested in comments you may have pertaining to any of the regulations listed so please feel free to participate.

For more information, please contact Marnie Freer.

Ontario's First Cap and Trade Auction Scheduled for March 22, 2017

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Aird & Berlis article on Ontario Cap and Trade Auction, March 22, 2017On February 6, 2017, the Mondaq Business Briefing posted an article written by David Stevens, Partner with Aird & Berlis LLP, in regards to the forthcoming Ontario Cap and Trade Auction of GHG Allowances.  The full post can be viewed here; the article content is also provided for you below.

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change has released an Auction Notice for the Ontario Cap and Trade Program Auction of Greenhouse Gas Allowances to be held on March 22, 2017. This is the first public auction to be held. It follows a "practice auction" that was held earlier in January 2017 to help registered participants in the Cap and Trade program prepare for the official auctions.

As required by the Cap and Trade Program Regulation, the Auction Notice includes details about the upcoming auction, including:

  • Timing: The March 2017 Ontario Auction #1 is scheduled to take place on March 22, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) until 4:00 p.m. ET (the auction bidding window). Registered participants in the Cap and Trade program can access the online Auction Platform at that time.

  • Allowances Offered for Sale: Allowances offered during an auction are created under the Ontario Cap and Trade program. Allowances offered are for the current vintage budget year (2017) or future vintage budget year (2020), where 'vintage' refers to the year for which they are created. There will be approximately 25 million current vintage allowances offered (Current Auction), along with approximately 3 million 2020 vintage allowances (Advance Auction).

  • Auction Reserve Prices: The Auction Reserve Price is the minimum price at which allowances offered in the Current Auction and Advance Auction will be sold. Bids submitted with a bid price below the Auction Reserve Price will not be accepted. The Ontario Auction Reserve Price will be determined as the higher of the most-recently published California and Québec Annual Auction Reserve Price after applying the exchange rate established for the auction. Presently, the California Reserve Price is higher, at a value of US $13.57 (applicable to both Current and Advance Allowances). The actual Auction Reserve Prices that will apply will be displayed on the Auction Platform prior to the opening of the auction bidding window.

  • Auction Application Requirements and Instructions and Schedule: There are detailed requirements for parties to apply to participate in the auction process, and to establish the required accounts (see here). The deadline to apply to participate in the first auction is February 21, 2017.

  • Auction Procedures: Participants will be able to submit bids manually and upload bid schedules in a pre-defined Excel template in the Auction Platform during the scheduled 3-hour auction bidding window. Bidders submit bids in a single-round, sealed-bid auction format. Bid quantities can only be submitted in multiples of 1,000 allowances.

The Auction Summary Results Report will be released to the public on April 3, 2017. At the same time, the auction results will be available to qualified bidders. It will be interesting to compare the results in Ontario with the auction results seen for California and Quebec (discussed in earlier posts, here and here).

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

LEHDER 2017 Regulatory Reporting and Traning Calendars Available

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LEHDER 2016 CalendarsLEHDER is pleased to provide our clients with a Regulatory Reporting Calendar for important dates to remember for Ontario Reporting requirements.

Also available are LEHDER's 2017 in-class training calendars for both Alberta and Ontario. Additional information in regards to LEHDER's regulatory training capabilities are provided on the Regulatory Training page.

 Please feel free to download the documents from the links below.

LEHDER's regulatory training sessions occur in the spring and fall.  Additionally, LEHDER hosts webinars to provide updates to regulatory changes and updates.  To view the courses available in your region, please select the applicable category below.

For more information on LEHDER's regulatory training services, please contact Mark Roehler.

Recent EBR Postings - EASR & Cap and Trade Regulatory Decisions and the Air Contaminants Benchmarks (ACB) List

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Environmental RegistrySeveral important postings have been made to the Ontario Government's Environmental Registry (EBR) recently, including regulatory decisions on the Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR) and Cap and Trade Program, in addition to the release of the Air Contaminants Benchmarks (ACB) List.

Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR)

On September 26, 2016, the ministry posted a proposal for a regulation on the Environmental and Regulatory Registries that would require all but high risk and more complex activities with air and noise emissions to register in the Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR).

On January 4, 2017, the regulatory decision was posted to the EBR (Registry # 012-8646) to prescribe the activities noted above for the purposes of subsection 20.21 (1) of the Environmental Protection Act (EPA). The new EASR regulation made under EPA is: O. Reg. 1/17: Registrations Under Part II.2 of the Act –Activities Requiring Assessment of Air Emissions.

It is anticipated that a French version of the regulation will be available to the public in 2017. In the interim for all inquiries in French please contact Doris Dumais at (416) 327-9466 or doris.dumais@ontario.ca.

Key elements of O. Reg. 1/17 include:

  • A list of sectors, defined by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes and activities that have been deemed higher-risk or more complex and therefore are not prescribed by this EASR regulation. These higher risk sectors and activities include, for example: chemical manufacturing, cement manufacturing, mining, land disposal of waste, processing of metals outdoors etc.The requirement that assessments of discharges of contaminants from a facility to air, including noise and odour emissions, be prepared prior to registration and prior to making any modifications to confirm compliance with environmental standards and regulation requirements. These reports must be signed and sealed by a licensed engineering practitioner.
  • Operation and maintenance procedures, complaints reporting/recording requirements and record-keeping requirements.
  • The requirement for prescribed activities currently operating under an Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA) to register under the Air Emissions EASR by January 31, 2027 or before making modifications to the facility or operation of the facility.The EASR publication incorporated by reference into the regulation that outlines limits and other mandatory requirements for facilities governed by the Air Emissions EASR regulation.

In general, the requirements set out in the Air Emissions EASR regulation are similar to the current environmental standards that have, to date, been implemented through the ECA process. The new EASR regulation will help provide more certainty for businesses and encourage growth, while protecting the environment and human health.

The ministry is also currently consulting on proposed amendments to O. Reg. 524/98 that would expand the current list of exemptions from section 9 of the EPA for low-risk activities/facilities (EBR # 012-8764). 

All supporting documents and additional information can be found on the EBR post for Registry #012-8646.

Cap and Trade Program

On December 28, 2016, the regulatory decision to proceed with amendments to the greenhouse gas cap and trade program was posted to the EBR (Registry # 012-8953).  The amendments include changes to the:

  • Cap and Trade Program Regulation (O. Reg. 144/16)
  • Methodology for Distribution of Ontario Emission Allowances Free of Charge
  • Quantification, Reporting and Verification of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Regulation (O. Reg. 143/16)
  • Guideline for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting


To review the full list of amendments and associated documentation, please refer to the full EBR post for Registry #012-8953.

Air Contaminants Benchmarks (ACB) List 

On January 4, 2017, a notice  was posted (Registry #012-9165) that the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) has prepared a document that compiles standards, guideline values and screening levels used to assess contaminants released to air. It serves as a single reference window and replaces the following documents:

  • Summary of Standards and Guidelines sorted by Chemical Abstracts Service (PIBS # 6569e01)
  • Summary of Standards and Guidelines sorted by Chemical Name (PIBS # 6569e01)
  • Jurisdictional Screening Level (JSL) List - A Screening Tool for Ontario Regulation 419 (PIBS #: 6547e)

The ACB List is intended for use primarily by an emitter who is required to prepare an Emission Summary and Dispersion Modelling (ESDM) report in accordance with Ontario’s Regulation 419/05 Air Pollution – Local Air Quality (“the Local Air Quality Regulation” or “the Regulation”) made under the Environmental Protection Act (EPA).

The ACB List includes the following benchmarks:

  • Benchmark 1 (B1) Values: Standards and guideline values
  • Benchmark 2 (B2) Values: Screening levels

Exceedence of a B1 value triggers specific actions under the Regulation. Exceedence of a B2 value triggers a toxicological assessment to determine the potential for an adverse effect.

The introduction of the ACB List is not a new policy
. The ACB List consolidates existing standards, guidelines and JSLs into one location.  Guidance on how to use the ACB List and the list itself are available through the ministry website at the link provided here
 

TargetGHG Program Provides Funding Support For Large Final Emitters in Ontario

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Ontario Centres of Excellence TargetGHG ProgramThe Ontario Centres of Excellence has implemented the TargetGHG program to assist Large Final Emitters with reduction in greenhouse gases.

TargetGHG is helping Ontario meet its greenhouse gas emission reduction targets by encouraging large industrial plants adopt leading-edge technology and by supporting Ontario’s entrepreneurs in developing creative new solutions.

The program is supported by the Ontario government with $74 million in funding from its Ontario Green Investment Fund, which is dedicated to projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase energy efficiency, support cleantech innovation and drive job creation and economic development.

OCE’s TargetGHG for industrial emitters addresses two key issues:

  • the need to support the adoption of innovative technologies for emitters to meet upcoming greenhouse gas reduction targets, and

  • the need for solutions that will help industry meet more aggressive future GHG targets.

More information on the TargetGHG Program can be located at http://oce-ontario.org/target-ghg or contact Richard Worsfold at Richard.Worsfold@oce-ontario.org or (416) 459-1357.


Ontario Cap and Trade Update - CITSS Open for Registration & Upcoming Registration Deadline

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ON Cap & Trade - CITSS AvailableThe Compliance Instrument Tracking System Service (CITSS) is now open for user registration in Ontario.  CITSS can be accessed through this link: https://www.wci-citss.org/

The CITSS registration is a two-part process and can take some time to fully complete.  It is recommend that you complete your CITSS registration as early as possible to support implementation of the cap and trade program.  

Mandatory participants are required to submit applications by November 30, 2016.

For more information about CITSS, please visit: https://www.ontario.ca/page/cap-and-trade-register-and-participate-citss   

For technical questions relating to CITSS, including accessing your account, general navigation, functionality and re-setting your password please contact WCI, Inc. staff at: help@wci-citss.org

Should you have any questions relating to the cap and trade program in general, please contact the Ontario cap and trade help desk at: CThelp@Ontario.ca

Reminder - the deadline to apply for free GHG emission allowances is September 1, 2016.

Additional information in regards to Ontario's Cap and Trade Program can be found in the following recent LEHDER News blog posts:

Ontario's Cap and Trade Program - Regulatory Overview of O. Reg. 144/16 and O. Reg 143/16

Ontario's Cap and Trade Program - Upcoming Deadlines and Training Sessions

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

Ontario Passes Landmark Climate Change Legislation

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ON Passes Climate Change Legislation

Today, Ontario passed landmark climate change legislation that lays a foundation for the province to join the biggest carbon market in North America and ensures that the province is accountable for responsibly and transparently investing proceeds from the cap and trade program into actions that reduce greenhouse gas pollution, create jobs and help people and businesses shift to a low-carbon economy. Under the Climate Change Mitigation and Low-Carbon Economy Act, money raised from Ontario's cap and trade program will be deposited into a new Greenhouse Gas Reduction Account. The account will invest every dollar in green projects and initiatives that reduce emissions.

Following extensive consultation with industry and other groups, the legislation was strengthened by now requiring enhanced accountability and public reporting on the province's upcoming Climate Change Action Plan and investment of cap and trade proceeds.

Ontario will post its final cap and trade regulation upon royal assent of the legislation. The regulation covers detailed rules and obligations for businesses participating in the program. The final design was also informed by extensive consultation with businesses, industry, the public, environmental organizations and Indigenous communities.

To view the full press release, please click here.