Alberta's Climate Leadership Plan

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Alberta's ClAlberta's Climate Leadership Planimate Leadership Plan accelerates the transition from coal to renewable electricity sources, puts a price on carbon pollution for everyone, and sets emission limits for the oil sands. 

The plan is based on the advice from the Climate Change Advisory Panel after consultation with stakeholders and individual Albertans this past fall.  The plan will also include broad programs to improve energy efficiency, support green technological innovations, reduce methane, and provide support to ensure families and small businesses are protected.

The government will legislate an overall oil sands emission limit; this limit will promote economic growth through application of technology to reduce carbon output by barrel.

Alberta's plan includes achievable carbon pollution reduction measures, while using the revenues from the plan to help Alberta adapt and thrive in a lower-carbon economy.  An overview of the plan is below.

Electricity and Renewables

  • Alberta will phase out all pollution created by burning coal and transition to more renewable energy and natural gas generation by 2030.
  • Three principles will shape the coal phase-out: maintaining reliability; providing reasonable stability in prices to consumers and business; and, ensuring that capital is not unnecessarily stranded.
  • Two-thirds of coal-generated electricity will be replaced by renewables – primarily wind power – while natural gas generation will continue to provide firm base load reliability.
  • Renewable energy sources will comprise up to 30 per cent of Alberta’s electricity production by 2030.

Carbon Pricing

  • A price on carbon provides an incentive for everyone to reduce greenhouse gas pollution that causes climate change.
  • Alberta will phase in this pricing in two steps.
    • $20/tonne economy-wide in January 2017
    • $30/tonne economy-wide in January 2018
  • An overall oil sands emission limit of 100 megatonnes will be set, with provisions for new upgrading and co-generation.

Methane Reduction

In collaboration with industry, environmental organizations, and affected First Nations, Alberta will implement a methane reduction strategy to reduce emissions by 45% from 2014 levels by 2025.

Revenue Neutral

  • One-hundred per cent of proceeds from carbon pricing will be reinvested in Alberta.
  • A portion of collected revenues will be invested directly into measures to reduce pollution, including clean energy research and technology; green infrastructure, such as public transit; and, programs to help Albertans reduce their energy use.
  • Other revenues will be invested in an adjustment fund that will help individuals and families make ends meet; provide transition support to small businesses, First Nations, and people working in affected coal facilities.

The full Alberta Climate Leadership Report is available for viewing here.

Alberta’s Air Monitoring Directive – Will You Be In Compliance With Chapter 5?

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Alberta Air Monitoring DirectiveAlberta’s Air Monitoring Directive (AMD) sets out the requirements for monitoring and reporting air quality in the province of Alberta.  The AMD was originally written in 1989 with an amendment released in 2006 but it does not reflect current practices.  The AMD is currently under review and revision – the 9 chapters of the AMD will be implemented after a thorough public review period, with several chapters already in place.

AMD Chapter 5 is referred to as the Quality System Chapter and was released on June 20, 2014.  The purpose of this chapter is to establish a set of consistent requirements for the documentation, implementation and maintenance of a Quality System to:

  •   Verify the quality of air monitoring data;

  •   Establish consistency in air monitoring practices;

  •   Ensure comparability of data; and

  •  Ensure that air monitoring, reporting and maintenance activities are delivered with   consistent quality.

Who Does Chapter 5 Affect?

Chapter 5 of the AMD affects:

  •  Alberta airsheds and industrial operations who conduct air monitoring and reporting; and

  •  Alberta airsheds or industrial operations who hire contractors to conduct ambient air  monitoring or reporting on their behalf.

Chapter 5 does not include requirements for CEMS monitoring as the Alberta Environmental Protection CEMS Code (1998) already includes requirements for a Quality Assistance Plan.

When Do I Need to Be In Compliance?

Chapter 5 of the AMD was released on June 20, 2014 with the compliance date of June 20, 2015.

How Can LEHDER Help?

For support on this topic or to obtain a copy of the LEHDER AMD Chapter 5 Factsheet , please contact LEHDER Principal Mike Denomme.

MOECC Adopts Updated Air Dispersion Models for Ontario Regulation 419/05

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MOECC Air Dispersion Model UpdatesOn November 2, 2015, the MOECC published the notification of the adoption of updated approved air dispersion models under O.Reg.419/05 to the EBR (Registry # 012-5177).  The use of these updated air dispersion models is effective immediately.

The MOECC has replaced existing approved modeling versions under O. Reg. 419/05 as follows:

1.    AERMOD dispersion model version 14134 (version date May 14, 2014) used in conjunction with AERMET meteorological pre-processor version 14134 (version date May 14, 2014)

REPLACES - AERMOD dispersion model (version 07026) used in conjunction with the AERMET meteorological preprocessor (version 06341).

2.    ASHRAE method of calculation described in Chapter 45 (Building Air Intake and Exhaust Design) of the 2011 ASHRAE Handbook – HVAC Applications.

REPLACES  - the method of calculation for same structure contamination described in Chapter 44 (Building Air Intake and Exhaust Design) of the 2007 ASHRAE Handbook — HVAC Applications, published by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

To view the full EBR posting of these updates, please click here.

For more information on how these updates may impact your facility, please contact Penny McInnis.

Climate Law - Operating in a Cap and Trade System Seminar

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Gowlings, oClick here for Climate Law: Operating in a Cap and Trade Systemne of Toronto's leading business law firms, is holding a seminar in regards to the Ontario Cap and Trade System for business.  The details on this seminar follow - you can click here for more information and to register.

From Nov. 30 to Dec. 11, 2015 the world will meet in Paris for the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework on Climate Change. “Paris 2015” is billed as a crucial conference — an effort to achieve a new international agreement on climate applicable to all nations.  

The position of the new Government of Canada going into Paris 2015 is uncertain. In this country it is the provinces which have taken the lead on climate action. One mechanism adopted at the provincial level, by Quebec and Alberta, is the implementation of a greenhouse gas cap and trade system. The Province of Ontario has announced that it too will implement a cap and trade system, linked to the systems already functioning in Quebec and California.

This seminar will explore what cap and trade means for those in the capped sectors as well as for their stakeholders. It will also explore what opportunities there may be for participation by those in unregulated sectors. We will address questions such as:

  • How are the caps set?
  • How does one acquire an emission allowance?
  • How are allowances traded?
  • What are offset credits, and how are they issued and traded?
  • How do linkages work between jurisdictions?
  • What are the business opportunities, and risks, in a cap and trade system?
  • What is project carbon finance all about? Who are the participants and what are the opportunities?
  • What does cap and trade mean for shareholders, lenders, and other stakeholders? 

Our speakers bring a legal and business perspective to the topic, from Ontario, Quebec and California.

Proposed Amendments to GHG Emissions Reporting Regulation O. Reg. 452/09

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O. Reg. 452/09 GHG Proposed AmendmentsIn April 2015, Premier Wynne announced that Ontario would implement a cap and trade system in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the province. The proposed updates to Ontario Regulation 452/09 to support this system will increase and expand the GHG emissions reporting currently required under the Environmental Protection Act and the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting Regulation (O. Reg. 452/09) and related Guidelines.

Some of the key changes proposed include:

  • Emissions Reporting Threshold - Decrease in emissions reporting threshold from 25,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) to 10,000 tonnes while maintaining the requirement that emissions greater than 25,000 tonnes be verified by a third party.

  • Capped and Non-capped Emission Categories - Division of source emissions into categories to establish those subjected to only reporting requirements and those requiring third party verification.

  • Global Warming Potential - Will not be updated and will remain as is in order to align with the Western Climate Initiative.

  • Petroleum Products Suppliers/Natural Gas Distributors - Starting in the 2016 reporting year, petroleum products suppliers that first introduce products to the Ontario market (including refineries and terminals) will be required to report GHG emissions attributable to the combustion of petroleum products.

  • Other Sources with Reporting Requirements - Several other sources will have emission reporting requirements, including:

  • Equipment used for natural gas transmission, storage and distribution;

  • Electricity transmission, distribution and imports;

  • Magnesium production; and

  • Mobile equipment at facilities.

The MOECC recently posted the updated Regulations and Reporting Requirements for comment by interested parties, which can be viewed here.  The comment period is open until October 29, 2015.  Comments can be submitted to the MOECC by email or by submission to the contact provided here.

For more information or to discuss how these proposed changes may affect your facility, please contact Marnie Freer at (519) 336-4101 ext. 226.

New Air Dispersion Model Versions

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LEHDER Air Modeling ServicesThe MOECC has announced they will be adopting new updated versions of several regulatory air dispersion models shortly.  These models have been updated by the USEPA based on the latest available science.  The MOECC announcement to formally adopt new model versions was intended to provide clarity and consistency to the regulated community and stakeholders.  The mandatory use of the new versions of AERMOD, AERMET and ASHRAE models will become effective as of the date the MOECC posts an Information Notice on the EBR.  Based on the MOECC announcement, the posting of the Notice is expected in October 2015 which is  only a few months from now.

The new versions of AERMOD and AERMET will be version 14134 (dated May 14, 2014). The ASHRAE calculation method will be updated to the 2011 ASHRAE Handbook – HVAC Applications.

The transition to the new model versions can be complex depending upon the status of your ECA, pending ECA Application or abatement plans.  Once the new model version comes into effect, any modeling triggered for regulatory purposes must be completed using the new version unless your facility has a Section 7(1) notice.  Now is the time to evaluate how changes to the air dispersion models may affect your facility’s compliance.  

To learn more about how the new model version transition may affect your facility, please contact Penny McInnis at pmcinnis@lehder.com or (519) 336-4101 ext. 245.

Techincal Standard Posting and O. Reg. 419 Guidance Documents

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Technical Standard Posting

MOECC Techincal Standard Posting June 2015

The Ministry recently posted two proposal notices to the EBR related to Industry Standards.  The public comment period for the following documents ends June 18, 2015.

Amendment to the Foundries Industry Standard

Metal Finishers – Industry Standard

New Guidance Documents

New O. Reg. 419 guidance documents and technical bulletins are in the works, including:

  • Procedure for Preparing an Emission Summary and Dispersion Modelling Report
  • Air Dispersion Modelling Guideline for Ontario (ADMGO)
  • Guideline for the Implementation of Air Standards in Ontario (GIASO)
  • Guide to Requesting an Alternative Standard” (GRAS)
  • Guide To Applying For Registration To The Technical Standards Registry
  • Combined Assessment Of Modelled And Monitored Results (CAMM) as an Emission Rate Refinement Tool
  • Methodology For Using “Assessment Values” For Contaminants With Annual Air Standards
  • Approaches To Manage Open Industrial Fugitive Dust Sources

LEHDER is reviewing the proposed guidance documents and will discuss the details and potential ramifications of the proposed changes in the LEHDER News blog this fall.   For more information, please contact Marnie Freer at (519) 336-4101 ext. 226.