system with Western Climate Initiative partners in the
United States and Canada.
Latest Measures To Reduce Greenhouse
Highlights of the regulation include:
● Annual emission reports are required to be filed by On December 3, 2009, the Ontario government
March 31 in the following year. passed the Environmental Protection Amendment Act
(Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading), clarifying Ontario’s
● In the case of facilities that emitted more than authority to issue market-based cap-and-trade regulations.
20,000 tonnes of C02e in any year between 2006 and The Act allows Ontario’s program to link to other systems
2009, the 2010 report must state the amount of emis- in North America and abroad to maximize trading oppor-
sions exceeding 20,000 tonnes for any year between tunities for industry.
2006 and 2009.
Furthermore, on December 1, 2009, the Ministry of
Environment issued its final Greenhouse Gas Emissions
● Facilities must use quantification methods established by
Reporting Regulation (O. Reg. 452/09) to support the imple-
the Western Climate Initiative for reporting purposes or, mentation of a cap-and-trade program in Ontario,
where such quantification methods do not exist, such imposing mandatory emissions reporting for all regulated
methods as are specified by the Ministry of Environment. sources that emit 25,000 tonnes of CO2e or more per
annum. Key elements of the regulation are as follows:
● Facilities must submit verification statements where
emissions are in excess of 25,000 tonnes of C02e in any ● First reports on 2010 GHG emissions must be submitted
year, such statements to be completed by an indepen- on June 1, 2011, with reporting on an annual basis there-
dent third-party verification body accredited by either after;
the Standards Council of Canada or the American
● For the 2011 report, facilities may apply best alternative
National Standards Institute pursuant to ISO 14065. For quantification methods to report GHG emissions (out-
reporting years 2010 and 2011, the verification state- lined in the accompanying technical guideline, entitled
ments must be submitted by September 1 in the fol- ‘‘Guideline for Greenhouse Gas Emission Reporting’’).
lowing year, and for all subsequent years, submission is For all subsequent years, regulated facilities must use
required by April 1 in the following year. identified standard quantification methods; and
● Verification by third parties in accordance with ISO stan-
dards will be required commencing in 2012 for 2011
The province intends to develop a program to
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