After the coming into force on December 30, 2010 of the
Regulation amending the Regulation respecting mandatory
reporting of certain emissions of contaminants into the
atmosphere, a new draft regulation was published October 5,
2011 (English version/ French version),
proposing additional amendments intended to harmonize the
regulation with requirements of the Western Climate Initiative
(WCI), in order to allow a good functioning of the greenhouse gas
(GHG) cap and trade system.
The draft regulation proposes emissions calculation methods for
twelve industry sectors, being nickel and copper production,
ferroalloy production, magnesium production, nitric acid
production, phosphoric acid production, ammonia production,
electricity transmission and distribution and use of equipment to
produce electricity, carbonates use, glass production, mobile
equipment, electronics manufacturing, and natural gas transmission
Amendments are also proposed to calculation methods applicable
to many other industry sectors in order to harmonize them with WCI
requirements introduced in 2010, and a section on the estimation of
missing data is added to all calculation methods.
Many articles are modified to clarify the scope of the
regulation, applying reporting thresholds by establishment rather
than enterprise, except for certain enterprises in the energy
sector, which are considered as establishments under the proposed
changes. In addition, the number of years during which the
emissions of an establishment must be below the reporting threshold
to exempt it from reporting is proposed to be increased from 3 to 4
Pursuant to the draft regulation, filing of the verification
report will be required at the same time as the emissions report,
on June 1st, whereas the current regulation allows the verification
report to be filed three months after the emissions report, on
September 1st. Furthermore, in addition to the current requirement
for the verifying organization to be ISO 14065 accredited, the
verification will have to comply with an ISO 17011 program.
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