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ECCC planning to expand GHG Emissions Reporting Program

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Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) recently proposed expanding reporting requirements under the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting Program (GHGRP) in order to: enable direct use of the reported data in Canada’s National Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory and obtain a more comprehensive picture of emissions by Canadian facilities. The proposed changes include:
  • lowering the reporting threshold from 50,000 tonnes to 10,000 tonnes (10 kilotonnes) (all facilities that emit the equivalent of 10 kilotonnes or more of GHGs in carbon dioxide equivalent units (CO2 eq) per year will be required to submit report);
  • requiring facilities to provide additional data and apply specific quantification methods to determine emissions; and
  • identifying sectors and activities for the first phase of the expansion (2017 reported data): manufacturers of cement, lime, iron & steel and aluminum, as well as carbon capture and transport.
Under the GHGRP, emissions from the decomposition of biomass in waste and wastewater must be reported. Since our members should already be reporting to the program, these changes will impact members.


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