Environmental Performance Agreement with Screenprinting and Graphic Imaging Association Internationalon appendix 2


Appendix II

Criteria of the Environment Canada EPA policy

The following table outlines how each of the participants will help to meet the criteria of the Environment Canada EPA policy:

Criteria SGIA Participating Facilities Environment Canada Project Coordinator
1. Senior-level commitment from participants
The EPA will be signed by the president and CEO of SGIA on behalf of its members. The participating facility objectives and targets form will be signed by a senior company official. The EPA will be signed by the Ontario Regional Director General  

2. Clear objectives and measurable results

Commit to achieve in Ontario an estimated aggregate 20% reduction of VOC emissions by 2008 from a 2000 baseline year on a per unit produced basis from its participating facilities. VOC targeted include, but are not limited to, those listed in Appendix I.

Commit to achieve an aggregate 6% reduction of CO2 emissions by 2008 from a 2000 baseline year on a per unit produced basis from its participating facilities.

Commit to ensuring that participating facilities will screen inventories for VOC, including, but not limited to, those substances found in Appendix I.

Ensure targets and timelines will be developed by participating facilities no later then September 1, 2003 and inserted to this EPAin the form of an addendum.

SGIA will provide information on reported reductions to the project coordinator, who will compile the information and report it using a standardized form.

Achieve verifiable reductions in the use, generation, and release of specified priority substances as related to published targets and timelines, as established by each participating facility.

Develop targets and timelines no later then September 1, 2003 and insert them in this EPA in the form of an addendum.

Screen inventories for VOC, including, but not limited to, those substances found in Appendix I. Following a prioritization process, facilities will develop and implement plans to minimize and eliminate VOC using P2 activities and best available technology that is economically achievable.

Note: All reductions will be reported on a facility and substance specific basis once each year. Additionally, each participating facility will report its overall reduction in VOC. Information about reductions will be provided to SGIA .

Ensure that SGIA and participating facilities understand the commitments agreed upon under this EPA.

Provide telephone and field support to participating facilities to help them achieve the goals of this EPA. This support includes the following areas:

help screen inventories for VOC, including, but not limited to, those substances found in Appendix I; help prioritize reductions; and help develop and implement P2 plans to address Appendix I and other substances.

The project coordinator will compile information on reported reductions and report using a standardized form.


3. Defined roles and responsibilities

Ensure a minimum of four task force committee meetings per year.

Support participating facilities with the implementation of P2 projects and EMSs, to aid them in achieving targets and timelines outlined in the EPA.

Develop a self-certification form to be used by participating facilities for reporting reduction information.

Develop a format for case studies.

Work with Environment Canada to develop a third-party spot verification protocol based on EMS principles.

Commit to promoting and recruiting nonparticipating companies to take part in this EPA.

Attend task force committee meetings.

Develop and implement an EMS containing objectives and targets for achieving a verifiable reduction of VOC, including, but not limited to, those listed in Appendix I.

Develop and implement P2 plans to achieve the goals as outlined in the facility participation commitment form.

Attend task force committee meetings.

Work with SGIA and the project coordinator to develop a third-party spot verification protocol based on EMS principles.

Work with SGIA and the project coordinator to develop a format for case studies.

Provide P2 training workshops, including regulatory compliance and EMS training, throughout the life of this EPA.

Provide financial resources to support Envision Compliance Ltd. as the project coordinator.

Provide legislative, and policy updates when relevant, to help facilities focus their pollution prevention actions.

Participate in all task force meetings.

Support participating facilities with the implementation of P2 projects and EMSs, to aid them in achieving targets and timelines outlined in the EPA.

Work with SGIA and Environment Canada to develop a self-certification form to be used by participating facilities for reporting reduction information.

Work with SGIA and Environment Canada to develop a format for case studies.

Work with SGIA and Environment Canada to develop a third-party spot verification protocol based on EMS principles.

Commit to promoting and recruiting nonparticipating companies to take part in this EPA.


4. Provision for consultation

Develop links with environmental community-based organizations (ENGOs).

Post this EPA on the SGIA website.

Provide comments and input to the task force on actions that could lead to improvements in the project and increased participation.

Ensure ENGOs have access to case studies.

Post this EPA on the EC website.

Provide comments and input to the task force on actions that could lead to improvements in the project and increased participation.

5. Public reporting

Develop and maintain a place on its website to provide a forum for reporting and communicating information regarding the EPA.

Ensure the task force submits an annual progress report regarding this EPA, with the first report due 13 months from the date this EPA is signed.

Publish case studies in the SGIA Journal or SGIA Print News magazine.

Submit sufficient information to SGIA so that the annual report can be prepared. The information must be submitted to coincide with the annual reporting required by the task force.

Allow the information submitted to SGIA to be verified at the discretion of SGIA or Environment Canada.

Report to NPRI, if applicable.

Review and publish the annual progress reports on EC The Green Lane website, each year of this EPA, beginning March 1, 2004.

Ensure a consistent reporting structure and uniform format for case studies.

Produce the annual progress report with information provided by the participating facilities, SGIA and Environment Canada.

Produce case studies to be used as stand-alone informational sheets or for use in other publications.

6. Incentives and consequences

Incentives

Support participating facilities in developing pollution prevention plans and EMSs.

Develop communication links with various levels and departments of federal, provincial and municipal government.

Consequences

Federal funding support may be removed, should goals of this EPAnot be met.

Incentives

Make use of incentives from SGIA and Environment Canada.

Consequences

Facilities that are unable to meet their targets and timelines will have the opportunity to comment publicly on why their targets and timelines were not met and will have an opportunity to mitigate their situation depending on the circumstances. In the case of facilities that are identified as nonperformers, the task force, including Environment Canada, will discuss and determine whether those facilities will be removed from the EPA.

Incentives

Recognize publicly the environmental achievements of EPAparticipants, (for those that want the recognition).

Provide P2 training workshops, including regulatory compliance and EMS training, throughout the life of this EPA.

Support energy reduction training for participating facilities

Where the Minister decides to take regulatory action to address toxic substances released or used in the screenprinting and digital imaging sector, the Minister will consider not including in this requirement, facilities that are committed to achieving equivalent environmental results (as expressed by the risk management objective and timelines) for these substances through this EPA.

Consequences

Facilities that are unable to meet their targets and timelines will have the opportunity to comment publicly on why their targets and timelines were not met and will have an opportunity to mitigate their situation depending on the circumstances. In the case of facilities that are identified as nonperformers, the task force, including Environment Canada, will discuss and determine whether those facilities will be removed from the EPA.

Incentives

Support participating facilities in developing pollution prevention plans and EMSs.

Develop communication links with various levels and departments of federal, provincial and municipal government.

Consequences

Federal funding support may be removed, should goals of this EPAnot be met.

7. Verification of results

Work directly with the project coordinator and Environment Canada and or its designate to develop a spot-verification protocol for reportable target reductions. The protocol will be appropriate for small businesses.

Conduct third-party, spot-verifications occasionally to verify the information provided by the participating facilities. The third-party spot verifications may be conducted by SGIA or the project coordinator.

Self-certify all actions and results reported. Self-certification will be one of the mechanisms by which progress will be routinely monitored and verification of results will be achieved. All results and actions reported may be subject to spot-verification by SGIA or the project coordinator, at the discretion of SGIA or Environment Canada.

Work with SGIA or its designate and the project coordinator to develop a spot-verification protocol.

Request third-party, spot-verifications be conducted, at the discretion of Environment Canada, to verify the information provided by the participating facilities. The third-party spot verifications may be conducted by SGIA or the project coordinator.

Work directly with Environment Canada and SGIA to develop a spot-verification protocol for reportable target reductions. The protocol will be appropriate for small businesses.

Conduct third-party, spot-verifications, as requested by SGIA or Environment Canada, to verify the information provided by the participating facilities. The third-party spot verifications may also be conducted by SGIA .

8. A regulatory backstop
Not applicable Not applicable Under CEPA 1999, the federal government uses risk management instruments (regulations, pollution prevention planning, etc.) to get environmental protection results. For CEPA-toxic substances, where reductions or preventive measures are needed in the screenprinting and digital imaging sectors and these reductions or preventive measures are not being met through other instruments such as this EPA, Environment Canada can use pollution prevention planning provisions and other instruments to get the required results. Not applicable
9. Continuous improvement

Continuous improvement is an inherent aspect of the EMS process. Signing facilities will commit to having an EMS in place within one year of when they signed the EPA.

Verify that signing facilities have completed and implemented an EMS within one year of when they signed the EPA.

Verify results to ensure that facilities are illustrating continuous improvement in their operations.

Continuous improvement is an inherent aspect of the EMS process. Signing facilities will commit to having an EMS in place within one year of when they signed the EPA.

Verify that signing facilities complete and implement an EMS within one year of when they signed the EPA.

The verification process being developed by or its designate will also ensure continuous improvement of the process.

Verify results to ensure that facilities are illustrating continuous improvement in their operations.
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