As we reported in our earlier
blog last fall, Ontario's Ministry of the Environment and
Climate Change (MOECC) proposed certain amendments to the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting
Regulation (O. Reg. 452/09) (the Regulation) in
preparation for the introduction of a cap-and-trade system in the
province. In December 2015, the MOECC filed amendments to the
Regulation that came into force on January 1, 2016. An amended Guideline for Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Reporting was published at the same time.
The proposed amendments to the Regulation were subject to public
review and comment in September and October 2015. Approximately 30
comments were received from stakeholders ranging from fuel
suppliers, industry, energy companies, municipalities and the
Québec government. While most were supportive of the
approach to broaden the scope of the reporting program, a number of
stakeholders expressed technical concerns. A summary of the major
comments is available on the Environmental Registry web site. As a result
of the public consultation, the MOECC made the following additional
changes to the proposed amendments to the guideline under EBR Registry Number 012-4549:
classify natural gas transmissions
and distribution fugitive emissions as reporting only; and
make reporting of mobile emissions
The final amendments to the Regulation include:
lowering the reporting threshold to
10,000 tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) from the current
threshold of 25,000 tonnes per year, while maintaining the
requirement to have emissions greater than 25,000 tonnes per year
third party verified;
dividing the emission sources into
those that only need to report and those that require third party
clarification on verification to
allow for the use of qualified positive, in addition to positive
and adverse verification statements;
adding petroleum product suppliers
and natural gas distributors to the reporting regulation starting
in 2016, to support the implementation of a cap and trade program;
adding other sources to the reporting
equipment used for natural gas
transmission, distribution and storage;
electricity transmission and
magnesium production; and
mobile equipment at facilities
(optional reporting only).
It is anticipated that the final design details for
Ontario's proposed cap-and-trade program will be released in
spring 2016, with regulations to follow.
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