Closed consultations: Phase 2 of the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program expansion

From:  Environment and Climate Change Canada

Consultations about proposed changes to the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program (GHGRP) to complete phase 2 of the GHGRP expansion for 2018.

Current status: Closed

Opened on September 4, 2018 and closed on October 2, 2018.

The Government of Canada consulted with stakeholders regarding changes to the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program (GHGRP). The objective was to receive stakeholder feedback on proposed changes to reporting requirements to finalize Phase 2 of the GHGRP expansion for 2018.

We have published our response to the comments received on Phase 2. The response document summarizes key issues raised and adjustments to various requirements as well as the path forward for 2018 reporting.

The Notice with respect to reporting of greenhouse gases (GHGs) for 2018 is now published in the Canada Gazette. This notice describes who must report and what information must be reported by June 1, 2019, and includes changes to reporting requirements pursued under phase 2.

Who was the focus of this consultation

We invited all Canadians involved in estimating and reporting of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for facilities and groups who may be monitoring these emissions (e.g. other government jurisdictions) to take part in this consultation. Consultation was of particular interest to facilities involved in:

  • ammonia production
  • base metal production
  • electricity and heat generation
  • ethanol production
  • hydrogen production
  • mining
  • nitric acid production
  • petroleum refining
  • pulp and paper production 

For those interested in obtaining the consultation material, including the presentations given during the information sessions in September, you may contact us at ec.ges-ghg.ec@canada.ca.

Key considerations

The Government of Canada is continuing the expansion of the GHGRP by pursuing changes as part of Phase 2. These changes will apply starting with the reporting of 2018 data.

The changes include requiring facilities in targeted sectors to provide additional data and apply prescribed methods to determine emissions. Sectors and activities covered under Phase 2 are listed above.

The Government of Canada is expanding the reporting requirements under the GHGRP in order to:

  • enable direct use of the reported data in Canada’s National Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory and support other ECCC initiatives
  • increase the consistency and comparability of GHG data across jurisdictions
  • obtain a more comprehensive picture of emissions by Canadian facilities

The GHGRP expansion began in 2017 with Phase 1. The first phase lowered the reporting threshold to require all facilities with emissions above 10 kilotonnes CO2 equivalent to report. Specific industry sectors were also required to report additional information using prescribed methods. These sectors were lime, cement, aluminium, iron and steel manufacturing as well as facilities conducting CO2 capture, transport, injection and/or storage. The above changes were reflected in the notice requiring the reporting of 2017 GHG information published in the Canada Gazette in December 2017.

Related information

Contact us

Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program
Environment and Climate Change Canada
351 St. Joseph Blvd
Gatineau QC K1A 0H3

Telephone: 819-938-3258 / Toll Free: 1-877-877-8375
Email: ec.ges-ghg.ec@canada.ca

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