Reporting Regulation – Greenhouse Gas Reduction
(Cap and Trade) Act
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The Reporting Regulation, under authority of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction (Cap and Trade) Act, was approved by Order of the Lieutenant Governor in Council on November 25, 2009.
The regulation sets out the requirements for the reporting of greenhouse gas emissions from B.C. facilities emitting 10,000 tonnes or more of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions per year beginning on January 1, 2010. Those reporting operations with emissions of 25,000 tonnes or greater are required to have emissions reports verified by a third party.
Accurate emissions data of consistent quality is essential to the development and implementation of a cap and trade program. This data also supports an ongoing provincial emissions inventory and will contribute to the development, implementation and evaluation of climate action policies.
Provisions of the regulation address:
- Greenhouse gases and sources subject to reporting;
- Reporting and verification thresholds and associated requirements;
- Definitions of “single facility operation” and “linear facilities operation” that are subject to reporting requirements;
- Activities (associated, for example, with industrial production, manufacturing, processing, refining and electricity generation) and emission sources (associated with these activities) that must be reported;
- Timing, form and content of required registration, emissions reports and supplementary reports;
- Methodologies for quantifying greenhouse gas emissions;
- The calculation and reporting of emissions from biomass sources (such as wood and wood products, agricultural residues and landfill gas);
- Requirements for the management and retention of records, including publication of information and requests for confidentiality; and
- Inspection, compliance and appeal powers and procedures.
Additional Information and Updates
In addition to the information provided on the information for reporting operations and verification information web pages, the ministry has prepared an Emissions Estimator (for the purpose of taking a first step in evaluating registration requirements). For 2011 and future reporting periods, amended WCI 2011 quantification methods and amended WCI 2012 quantification methods must be used and the Methodology Manual becomes redundant.
If you have any questions regarding the Reporting Regulation please contact the Ministry of Environment at: Qinghan.Bian@gov.bc.ca
Information provided on this website does not take precedent over the Greenhouse Gas Reduction (Cap and Trade) Act, the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act, and associated regulations. This legislation provides the legal basis and direction for the reporting of specified greenhouse gas emissions by specified parties.
Key Reporting Requirements
Detailed information for operators or owners of facilities who may have an obligation to report under the regulation is available on the information for reporting operations web page.
Reporting operations located in British Columbia with 10,000 tonnes or more of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions per year (beginning in calendar year 2010 and exclusive of CO2 emissions from specific types of biomass) are required to begin collecting data related to emissions following prescribed methods as of January 1, 2010.
Each reporting operation with a requirement to report must submit their first report (for calendar year 2010 emissions) to the British Columbia Ministry of Environment by March 31, 2011. Reporting operations with 20,000 tonnes or more of CO2e emissions per year for any of the years 2006 through 2009 (exclusive of CO2 emissions from specific types of biomass) are required to also report annual emissions for those years with the first emissions report that they submit.
Types of facilities that may have an obligation to report include:
- Aluminum or alumina production
- Base metals smelting
- Cement production
- Chemical/petrochemical production
- Large commercial or institutional facilities
- Electricity generation and co-generation (thermal)
- Electricity transmission (SF6 emissions)
- Food production
- Lime manufacturing
- Non-metallic mineral products manufacturing
- Oil and gas extraction and gas processing
- Pipeline transportation/transmission
- Petroleum refining
- Pulp and paper production
- Wood products manufacturing
- Electricity import operation
Reporting operations with 25,000 tonnes or more of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions per year (exclusive of CO2 emissions from specific types of biomass) are required to provide a supplementary report including a verification statement from an accredited third party verifier by September 1 (for 2010 and 2011 emissions).
For the 2012 reporting period and onwards, facilities with 25,000 tonnes or more of CO2e (not including reporting-only emissions) must submit a verification statement from an accredited third party verifier by March 31, 2013.
Information and guidance addressing verification provisions of the regulation is available on the verification information web page.
January 28, 2010
December 3, 2009
The intentions paper for the Greenhouse Gas Reduction (Cap and Trade) Act Reporting Regulation was posted in October 2008. Comments were solicited for a period of 45 days. The intentions paper and a summary of the comments received are available here:
The ministry’s intentions for the regulation were updated from those indicated in the policy intentions paper to incorporate received comments and developments from the Western Climate Initiative’s Final Draft Essential Requirements of Mandatory Reporting released on July 15, 2009.
2013 Alternative Measurement Methodology Approval
As outlined in section 13 (5.1)(a),(b), and (c), of the Reporting Regulation a reporting operation may measure a parameter using an alternative measurement method after March 31, 2013 if the measurement method has been approved by the Director. Please note that an emissions report that contains emissions for which alternative methods have been used will still be subject to the verification requirements outlined within the regulation.
The Regulation defines a parameter to be "a physical property that is measured for the purposes of quantifying emissions." Example parameters would be the carbon content of a type of fuel, or the amount of the fuel consumed, but would not include the equations prescribed to calculate emissions.
Possible situations in which a reporting operation may choose to apply for approval to measure a parameter using an alternative measurement methodology could include the following examples:
- not able to calibrate equipment in the appropriate amount of time;
- not having the correct measurement equipment; or
- not having the correct systems for sampling.
The following Approval Request Form is required to be used by reporting operations to apply for Director approval under section 13(6) of the Reporting Regulation. The form allows for a company to submit one request for multiple facilities that it manages or controls.
Applications must be submitted to Liz Lilly, Executive Director, Climate Policy, Climate Action Secretariat, by February 1, 2013. Applications must be sent electronically to the Director using the following email address: email@example.com
The Director may request further information in relation to the application from the reporting operation in order to make a decision on approval.
The Director will notify the applicant by e-mail as to whether the application has been approved, approved with modifications or rejected by the end of day on March 3rd, 2013. The Director will also send this information to the applicant by registered mail if the applicant’s application is rejected or approved with modifications. The Director may post a summary of the alternative measurement methodology requests it has received.