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

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Ontario's Cap and Trade ProgramOn May 26, 2016, the Province of Ontario finalized the rules for its new Cap and Trade program with the posting of the final Cap and Trade Program Regulation (O. Reg. 144) and the Quantification, Reporting and Verification of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Regulation O. Reg. 143).  More information on these Regulations can be viewed via an earlier blog post here.

There are several approaching deadlines in addition to the Ministry’s scheduled information and training sessions for stakeholders.

  • September 1, 2016 – Free Allowance Application Deadline.  Free Allowances must be calculated in accordance with the MOECC guidance document Methodology for the Distribution of Ontario Emission Allowances Free of Charge (attached).  The allowance application form is available via email request from CTApplications@ontario.ca.  The MOECC is offering training sessions related to the application process (see below).
  • Training Sessions – Emission Allowances Applications – This session will provide an overview of the application form for free of charge emission allowances.
    • Webinars will be held between 10:00AM and 12:00PM (EDT) on the following dates:
      • Tuesday, July 19
      • Wednesday, July 27
      • Monday, August 15
    • Register by submitting the following information ASAP by email to Stephanie.Liu@ontario.ca
      • First & last name
      • Company name & position
      • Contact info – email & phone number
      • Preferred session date
  • November 30, 2016 – Deadline for registration for the Compliance Instruments Tracking System Service (CITSS), the online system the MOECC will be utilizing for the Cap and Trade Program; registration opens in early August.  A facility is required to register under O. Reg. 144/16 as a mandatory participant if the O. Reg. 452 reporting threshold of  >25,000 tonnes CO2 equivalent (CO2e) was met for the 2015 reporting year.  O. Reg. 143/16 allows facilities emitting between 10,000 – 25,000 CO2e to opt-in to the program as voluntary participants.  Training on the CITSS system will be available (see below). 
  • Training Sessions – CITSS – The MOECC is offering a 3-module webinar training program and recommends at least 2 personnel from your company attend.  However, the registration deadline for the sessions was July 12. LEHDER anticipates registrations will still be accepted however there were limited session spaces available.
    • Module 1 – CITSS user registration, system navigation, recognition as an Account Agent.
      • Session dates (13:00-15:00 EDT) – July 19, July 26, August 9
    • Module 2 – CITSS participant registration, account application, managing information within the system.
      • Session dates (13:00-15:00 EDT) – July 20, July 27, August 10
    • Module 3 – Corporate Associations – how to disclose your business relationships with other entities (ongoing requirement for CITSS) and complete the disclosure form.
      • Session dates (13:00-15:00 EDT) – July 21, July 28, August 11
    • Register by submitting the following information ASAP by email to tyler.hunt@ontario.ca
      • First & last name
      • Company name & position
      • Contact info – email & phone number (work)
      • Preferred session dates for each module

LEHDER is pleased to provide support to our clients and assist with your application process through the implementation of Ontario’s Cap and Trade Program. For more information, please contact Marnie Freer.

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

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ON Cap and Trade RegulationsOn May 19th the MOECC passed two new regulations which introduced the cap and trade program in Ontario. These two regulations, which were passed under the Climate Change Mitigation and Low-carbon Economy Act, are O. Reg. 143/16 and O. Reg. 144/16.

The Cap and Trade Program comes into effect on July 1, 2016 and acts as the framework for execution of the Cap and Trade Program in Ontario. Its purpose is to outline aspects such as registration of activities, the Program’s distribution of free allowances, and the rules that govern the auction process.  O. Reg. 144/16 The Cap and Trade Program Regulation also addresses:

  • Strategic reserve of allowances;

  • Allocation methodology;

  • Holding limits;

  • Buying credits; and

  • Market rules.

A methodology document, Methodology for the Distribution of Ontario Emission Allowances Free of Charge, dated May 16, 2016 was also released to support this Regulation. A copy of this document is provided below. 

O. Reg. 144/16 Guidance Document O. Reg. 144/16 Guidance Document (308 KB)

The cap covers approximately 82% of province-wide GHG emissions.  The majority of the GHG emissions not covered under this Program are from fugitive, agriculture, and waste management GHG sources. 

The second Regulation introduced is O. Reg. 143/16 - Quantification, Reporting and Verification of Greenhouse Gas Emissions.   This Regulation replaces the current O. Reg. 452/09 for the reporting of greenhouse gas emissions in Ontario and comes into effect on January 1, 2017.

This new regulation does not introduce any substantial policy changes from the existing reporting requirements under O. Reg. 452 however, some refinements have been made.  The newest guideline providing the reporting details to support this Regulation, titled Guideline for Quantification, Reporting and Verification of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Effective January 2017 was issued on May 17, 2016.  A copy of this document is provided below.

O. Reg. 143/16 Guidance Document O. Reg. 143/16 Guidance Document (1481 KB)

A facility is required to register under O. Reg. 144/16 as a mandatory participant if the O. Reg. 452 reporting threshold of >25,000 tonnes CO2 equivalent (CO2e) was met for the 2015 reporting year.  O. Reg. 143/16 allows facilities emitting between 10,000 – 25,000 CO2e to opt-in to the program as voluntary participants.  If required to register as a mandatory participant, the registration deadline is November 30, 2016. In subsequent years, the deadline for registration varies dependent upon several factors.  Please refer to Part IV, sections 21-24 of the Regulation for further information. The first compliance period of the Program is 2017-2020.

The application for allowances under O. Reg. 144/16 is due September 1 of each year. The MOECC will provide training in regards to registering for the Program and how to apply for allowances before this date.  Information regarding the allowances allotted and what can be offered for auction is expected to be provided by the end of 2016.

The process of applying for free allowances will occur each year however, the available free allowances will be on a sliding cap, which for combustion emission sources (without biomass adjustment) will decrease at a rate of 4.57% yearly. The purpose of this cap decline is to require facilities to gradually reduce GHG emissions, purchase allowances from the government or seek allowances or credits on the carbon market.

Free allowances provided to emitters will be distributed in different ways based upon the processes involved.  The current guidance provides five methodologies for determining allocations of free allowances.  A facility may employ more than one methodology. The preferred method employs product output benchmarks which will be used for industries/activities listed in Tables 1a/b/c of the O. Reg. 143/16 Guidance document. Energy use-based methods, historical data and allowances based upon previous annual emissions are other methods which can be used to calculate allowances. There will also be allowances for those that buy steam as a method of offsetting the upstream costs that cap and trade will introduce.

Quick Links

For additional information please refer to the Regulations and guidance materials provided below:

O. Reg. 144/16 The Cap and Trade Regulation

O. Reg. 143/16 - Quantification, Reporting and Verification of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

O. Reg. 143/16 Guidance Document O. Reg. 143/16 Guidance Document (1481 KB)

O. Reg. 144/16 Guidance Document O. Reg. 144/16 Guidance Document (308 KB)

For more information in regards to the Cap and Trade Program Regulations and Guidance documents, 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.

Recent EBR Posts of Importance - GHG, Air Zone Delineation and O. Reg. 419/05 Technical Standards

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Recent EBR Posts for GHG and O. Reg 419Several recent updates to the Ontario Environmental Registry have been posted, including proposals with active comment periods and some major decisions.

The proposals recently posted regarding Greenhouse Gas (GHG) include the Climate Change Mitigation and Low-Carbon Economy Act, 2016 and Cap and Trade Regulatory Proposal and Revised Guideline for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting.  The MOECC has also posted the final policy decision notice for the Delineation of ON Air Zones on March 9, 2016.

Proposals and final policy decisions for O. Reg. 419/05 Technical Standards for various industrial sectors were also posted on March 9, 2016, including:

Overviews of all recent postings, including applicable links, are outlined below.

Climate Change Mitigation and Low-Carbon Economy Act, 2016 

Ontario is proposing to implement the Climate Change Mitigation and Low-Carbon Economy Act, 2016 (Bill).  The purpose of this Act is to:

(a) to reduce greenhouse gas in order to respond to climate change, to protect the environment and to assist Ontarians to transition to a low-carbon economy; and

(b) to enable Ontario to collaborate and coordinate its actions with similar actions in other jurisdictions in order to ensure the efficacy of its regulatory scheme in the context of a broader international effort to respond to climate change.

The Bill outlines provisions under two main areas:

1. Emissions reduction targets and action plans, and

2. The cap and trade program and use of proceeds.

The proposed Bill was posted to the EBR on February 24, 2016 and the comment period is open until March 25, 2016. The full EBR post, including comment submission information, can be viewed below.  Also provided is a link to the draft Bill.

EBR Registry Number 012-6844

Bill 172, Climate Change Mitigation and Low-Carbon Economy Act, 2016 (Draft)

Cap and Trade Regulatory Proposal and Revised Guideline for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting

Ontario is proposing to implement a greenhouse gas cap and trade program. A cap and trade program effectively reduces the amount of greenhouse gas pollution going into our atmosphere by setting a limit on emissions, rewarding innovative companies, providing certainty for industries, and creating more opportunities for investment.

The Ministry is now posting:

1. A regulatory proposal for a cap and trade regulation, which includes an appendix presenting detailed technical information for the distribution of allowances to eligible capped emitters for the first compliance period, details related to early reduction credits, and an overview of complementary amendments for the reporting regulation and incorporated guideline to support implementation of the cap and trade program. Following the 45 day consultation period, comments received will be considered and the content of this document, including the grey shaded boxes in the draft regulation, will be revised accordingly and integrated into the final cap and trade regulation.

2. A revised Guideline for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting. 

The proposal has been posted for a 45 day public review and comment period starting February 25, 2016, with comments due by April 10, 2016.  Please find links to the EBR posting and applicable documents below.

EBR Registry Number 012-6837

Draft Cap and Trade Regulation (PDF download)

Revised Guideline for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting (PDF download)


Delineation of ON Air Zones

Ontario is implementing the Air Quality Management System (the System) a flexible cross-Canada framework developed through the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment. The System is a comprehensive approach consisting of an interconnected set of drivers and mechanisms to achieve continuous improvements to overall air quality using an all sources approach.

Under the System, provinces and territories may delineate and manage air zones in a manner best suited to the environmental conditions and regional/local circumstances.

Ontario has finalized its decision to delineate its air zones consistent with the policy proposal posted for public consultation in June 2015.

Air Zone 1 - Areas with limited pollution from either point or non-point sources or transboundary influence; where air quality management activities are focused on maintaining good air quality.

Air Zone 2 - Areas under pressure from multiple sources including some or all of the following: non-point sources, smaller point sources, individual large industrial point sources, transboundary influences; where air quality management activities are focused on multiple broad-based initiatives targeting many sources.

Air Zone 3 - Areas with a concentration of large industrial sources; where air quality management activities are focused on the abatement of local industrial emissions as well as non-industrial sources.

The EBR policy decision was posted on March 9, 2016.  Links to the post as well as information pertaining to this decision follow.

EBR Registry Number 012-4347

Description and Map of Air Zones (PDF download)


O. Reg. 419/05 Technical Standards

Several proposals and policy decisions regarding several industry specific under the Local Air Quality Regulation, O. Reg. 419/05 were posted to the EBR on March 9, 2016.

The primary objectives of a technical standard, under Ontario’s Local Air Quality Regulation, is to include requirements for the implementation of best available air pollution control. This will lead to modernization of operations and minimizing air pollution. In practical terms, a technical standard provides a prescriptive set of air pollution control requirements that focus on key contributors to off-site concentrations of priority air toxics.  Details on the proposals and policy decisions posted on March 9, 2016, follow.

Petroleum Refining

This proposal is to develop a Technical Standard under the local air quality regulation for the petroleum refining industry.  A full summary of the proposed requirements can be viewed in the EBR post; links to additional information are also included below.  A 90 day comment period is open until June 7, 2016, on this proposal.

EBR Registry Number 012-6857

Draft Rationale Report for Petroleum Refining Sector (PDF download)

Draft Petroleum Refining - Industry Standard (PDF download)

Petrochemical

This proposal is to develop a Technical Standard under the local air quality regulation for the petrochemical industry sector.  A full summary of the proposed requirements can be viewed in the EBR post; links to additional information are also included below.  A 90 day comment period is open until June 7, 2016, on this proposal.

EBR Registry Number 012-6859

Draft Rationale Report for Petrochemical Sector (PDF download)

Draft Petrochemical - Industry Standard (PDF download)

Foundries

The MOECC has amended the existing Foundries – Industry Standard (FIS), which is contained in the ministry’s “Technical Standard Publication” (see EBR # 010 -6588) and was published in 2009. A technical standard is a technology-based compliance approach designed for two or more facilities in a sector that are not able to meet one or more air standards due to technical or economic limitations.

Since 2009, the sector, as represented by the Canadian Foundry Association, requested an update of this technical standard to include additional contaminants. The 2009 version of the FIS allowed for registration of up to 111 contaminants, whereas this amendment now includes an additional 195 contaminants, totaling 306 contaminants available for registration. The registration of all of a foundry’s contaminants could eliminate the need for an annual Emission Summary and Dispersion Modelling (ESDM) report thereby reducing the regulatory burden for these small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Provisions in the technical standards will ensure that environmental performance in managing the releases of these contaminants is maintained.

EBR Registry Number 012-3538

Rationale Report - Foundries Industry Standard (Amendments) (PDF download)

Metal Finishers

In 2011, the Canadian Association for Surface Finishing (CASF) approached the MOECC with a request to develop a proposed Technical Standard under the Local Air Quality Regulation (O. Reg. 419/05) for chromium compounds (hexavalent forms) and nickel and nickel compounds. Air standards for both of these contaminants will come into effect July 2016.  

As a result of the consultation of this proposal, there are 2 significant additions to the Metal Finishers - Industry Standard:

Multi-tenant Buildings:

Facilities that operate in multi-tenant buildings will now have the option to use both a fume suppressant or wetting agent and an air pollution control device with local exhaust ventilation to minimize emissions or to replace make-up air filters, as per the original proposal.

Maintaining Negative Building Pressure:

Maintaining a negative pressure in key areas of the building will minimize fugitive emissions and improve the capture efficiency of the fume hoods so as to improve the control of emissions from processes in the building. The original proposal required facilities to maintain a negative pressure in the metal finishing tank areas and to assess this by maintaining a table of air flows entering and exiting the facility or area. Any facility will now have the option to either maintain a table of these air flows or to measure building pressure differential in 30 minute block averages. If the building pressure differential over a 30 minute block average is positive, facilities must make operational adjustments to self-correct. If there is a second measurement of a 30 minute block average showing positive pressure in the same day, this would be considered non-compliance and the facility is required to notify the ministry at the end of the calendar day of all the positive 30 minute block averages of the calendar day.

A summary of the policy decision as well as applicable documents can be viewed using the links below.

EBR Registry Number 012-3610

Rationale Report - Metal Finishers - Industry Standard (PDF download)


For more information in regards to the above policy proposals and decision or O. Reg. 419/05 information, please contact Marnie Freer.

Minister's Report of Toxics Reduction 2015 Available

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The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change is pleased to notify you that the Minister’s Report on Toxics Reduction 2015 is now available on their website in English and in French.

The Minister’s Report on Toxics Reduction 2015 demonstrates Ontario’s progress in implementing the toxics reduction program and the amount of toxic substances Ontario facilities used and created in 2013 and 2014. The report also includes other initiatives, up to 2015, that contribute to reducing toxic substances in our air, land and water.

In addition, the 2014 public data on toxics reduction is now available. The data was compiled from the public annual reports and plan summaries submitted by regulated facilities. Facilities have the opportunity to correct information by updating their submissions through Environment Canada’s Single Window.

You can find out more about the Toxics Reduction Program on the MOECC website.

Nanomaterials - Section 71 Notice for CEPA (1999)

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CEPA 1999 NanomaterialsNanotechnology is a rapidly emerging field with the potential for use in a wide variety of applications across a broad range of sectors. Nanomaterials are substances that are manufactured at or within the nanoscale (1 to 100 nanometres inclusive), or have internal or surface structures in the nanoscale. As international consensus on a definition for the products of nanotechnology has not yet been reached, a working definition described in the Policy Statement on Health Canada's Working Definition for Nanomaterial, has been considered in the development of the approach to address certain nanomaterials under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999).
 
Presently, nanoscale forms of substances that are not listed on the Domestic Substances List (DSL) are subject to the New Substances Notification Regulations (Chemicals and Polymers) under CEPA (1999). Nanoscale forms of substances listed on the DSL are considered to be existing nanomaterials and generally have not been explicitly considered in risk assessments of existing substances conducted under CEPA (1999). The Government of Canada wants to ensure that nanomaterials currently in Canadian commerce are addressed as some may require further action to determine if they pose any potential risks to the environment or to human health. The Government of Canada has also designed the NanoPortal to provide information about Canadian Federal Government nanotechnology programs and links to general information about nanotechnology.

Canada's Proposed Approach to Nanomaterials 

A consultation document entitled Proposed Approach to Address Nanoscale Forms of Substances on the Domestic Substances List was published on March 18, 2015 for a 60-day public comment period to solicit feedback from stakeholders. In this document, the Government of Canada proposes a step-wise approach to address nanoscale forms of substances on the DSL.

The proposed approach consists of three phases:

  • Establishment of a list of existing nanomaterials in Canada;
  • Prioritization of existing nanomaterials for action; and
  • Action on substances identified for further work.

The first phase of the approach requires acquisition of data in order to establish a list of existing nanomaterials in Canada. This list could be considered a reference list to support decision making on activities related to nanoscale forms of substances on the DSL.

Mandatory Survey - Section 71 Notice

To support the first phase in establishing the list of existing nanomaterials, a Notice was issued in the Canada Gazette, Part I: Vol. 149, No. 30 (PDF Version – 3,016 K) under Section 71 of CEPA (1999) on July 25, 2015. The purpose of the Notice is to gather information and determine the volume of the 206 nanomaterials identified on the preliminary reference list as potentially in Canadian commerce. The facilities to which this Notice applies need to respond by February 23, 2016.

The nanomaterials Notice applies to any person who, during the 2014 calendar year, satisfied any of the following criteria:

  • Manufactured a total quantity greater than 100 kg of a substance listed in Schedule 1 that is specifically engineered to be used in nanoscale.
  • Imported a total quantity greater than 100 kg of a substance listed in Schedule 1, that is at the nanoscale, at any concentration - whether alone, in a mixture or in a product. (The definitions of mixture and product are provided in Section 2.7 of the Guidance Document).

To assist in determining whether the Notice applies to you, the Government of Canada has published a Guidance Document for completing the CEPA Section 71 Notice. Furthermore, additional technical guidance has been published to supplement the Information Sessions for CMP – Information Gathering under Section 71 of CEPA (1999) for Nanomaterials, to assist in achieving compliance with the Section 71 Notice. Any questions by the stakeholders can be submitted to the following:

                Substances Management Coordinator
                Telephone: 1-800-567-1999/819-938-3232
                E-mail: ec.substances.ec@canada.ca
 
Responses to the Section 71 Notice, the Declaration of Stakeholder Interest and the Declaration of Non-Engagement must be submitted via Environment Canada's Single Window system.  Guidance in regards to submitting a response through the Single Window System is available through the Chemicals Management Plan (CMP) Online Reporting How-To Guide.

For more information in regards to nanomaterials or the Section 71 Notice, please contact Marnie Freer.

LEHDER To Host AWMA Breakfast Series January 19, 2016

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AWMA Ontario SectionLEHDER is pleased to be hosting the AWMA Breakfast series on Tuesday, January 19th, 2016. Eric Loi, a Senior Engineer Industrial Specialist from the Air Policy Instruments and Program Design Branch of the MOECC will be presenting on the Recent amendments to the Greenhouse Gas Emission Reporting Regulation to Support Cap and Trade

The Sarnia Breakfast will teleconference into the session taking place in Toronto.  

TIMES:
Sign-In and Breakfast - 7:30 A.M. (Please email us with any food allergies or restrictions prior to January 14, 2016.)
Presentation - 8:00 A.M. until 9:00 A.M.

LOCATION:  COSTS: 
 
LEHDER Environmental Services Limited
Suite 210, 704 Mara Street
Point Edward, Ontario
N7V 1X4
Contact: Unam Ejaz
Tel: 519-336-4101 ext 298
$30 AWMA Member
$40 Non-member
$10 AWMA Student Member
$15 Student Non-Member
$5 No prior notification surcharge

REGISTRATION:

Please register via the AWMA website:

http://awma.on.ca/sbsregistration

Online registration requires payment via Paypal.   You may also pay cash at the door; funds will be forwarded to AWMA and a receipt will be provided.  To prevent the "$5 no prior notification surcharge" please email us if you are attending so the necessary arrangements can be made.

 

LEHDER Annual Regulatory & Training 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 2016 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 spring regulatory training sessions begin in March - to view the courses available in your region, please select the appropriate province below.

For more information in regards to LEHDER's regulatory training capabilities, please contact Mark Roehler.

MOECC Cap and Trade Program Design Options - Comments Required

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MOECC Cap and Trade Design Options

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) has released a discussion paper titled Cap-and-Trade Program Design Options, providing the public with its first detailed look at the design options being considered for the province's anticipated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions cap-and-trade system.

What You Need To Know

The MOECC is accepting comments on the discussion paper until December 16, and will be incorporating that feedback into draft cap-and-trade regulations that are expected to be released in early 2016. 

Several key issues must be resolved before then, such as determining:

  • who will be responsible for certain GHG emissions, particularly in the energy sector where a cap can be imposed on the end-users of fossil fuels (such as natural-gas fired generators) or upstream on the importers and distributors of those fuels;
  • to what extent certain industries, particularly high-emitting and trade-exposed industries, should be allocated free emissions allowances or required to purchase those allowances at an auction; and
  • whether and how to impose a tariff on imported fossil fuels and carbon-intensive electricity to level the playing field for domestic fuel producers and electricity generators that will face a price on carbon.

To view the Environmental Registry posting or provide comments by December 16, 2015, please click here.

EBR Registry No. 012-5666