CPA working to ensure federal government’s cap on oil and gas emissions minimally impacts propane
On July 18, 2022, the Government of Canada published a discussion paper launching the formal engagement on their proposal to cap and reduce oil and gas sector emissions. Submissions to the federal government are being accepted until September 30, 2022.
The CPA has been engaged in discussions with the energy sector and federal representatives from Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), Natural Resources Canada and finance departments to ensure feedback from the propane sector is represented in this consultation process. Any impact on or cap to natural gas production will directly impact propane production and supply.
The CPA will submit a response on behalf of members to ECCC and encourage government to recognize the number of policies currently in place that already address upstream emissions (e.g., Clean Fuel Regulations, federal and provincial carbon taxes, and provincial fuel requirements). The association will also point out that propane is a small contributor to emissions from the energy sector, thus the policy would have minimal impact on overall emissions reductions. The policy would, however, have significant administrative impact on propane companies.
The CPA continues to advocate that climate policies must consider reliability, affordability and environmental components in all policy proposals – especially during this time where energy security is paramount.