Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program: consultations

The Government of Canada consulted with stakeholders regarding changes to the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program (GHGRP). This section provides an update on these consultations.

Expansion of the GHGRP

The Government of Canada proposes to expand the reporting requirements under the GHGRP, in order to:

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

The proposed changes include:

  • Lowering the reporting threshold from 50 000 tonnes to 10 000 tonnes (10 kilotonnes). All facilities that emit the equivalent of 10 kilotonnes or more of GHGs in carbon dioxide equivalent units (CO2 eq) per year will be required to submit a report.
  • Requiring facilities to provide additional data and apply specific quantification methods to determine emissions. These new requirements will be gradually phased in.
  • Identifying sectors and activities for the first phase of the expansion (2017 reported data): manufacturers of cement, lime, iron & steel and aluminum, as well as carbon capture, transport and geological storage.

The Notice of intent to inform stakeholders of upcoming consultations on proposed changes to the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program provides further information on anticipated changes to the program (published December 10, 2016).

Stakeholder Consultations

The Government of Canada conducted consultations with stakeholders from May 5 to June 30, 2017. A broad range of stakeholders participated in the consultation process and shared their views on the proposed changes for the first phase of the expansion.

The Government of Canada has issued its response to the comments received on the proposed changes to facility GHG reporting. This document provides an overview of the consultations, highlights key issues raised and summarizes adjustments to the expansion approach and various technical aspects of the reporting requirements, and methods. We will pursue implementing the first phase, setting out the final requirements through the publication of a notice, in the Canada Gazette, requiring the reporting of 2017 GHG information and corresponding methods.

Updates will be provided on the next phase of the expansion as this work progresses in 2018.

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