Reporting greenhouse gas emissions data: Canada’s Greenhouse Gas Quantification Requirements

This is a guide for how to measure greenhouse gas emissions. It is for facilities covered under the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program (GHGRP) expansion.

2017 requirements

Canada’s Greenhouse Gas Quantification Requirements for 2017 applies to facilities covered under Phase 1 of the GHGRP expansion for reporting 2017 greenhouse gas (GHG) information. This includes facilities involved in any of the following:

  • CO2 capture, transport, and storage activities
  • the production of:
    • cement
    • lime
    • aluminium
    • iron and steel

Canada’s Greenhouse Gas Quantification Requirements for 2017

2018 requirements

Canada’s Greenhouse Gas Quantification Requirements for 2018 applies to facilities covered under Phases 1 and 2 for reporting 2018 GHG information.

Phase 2 includes facilities engaged in any of the following:

  • mining
  • electricity and heat generation
  • petroleum refineries
  • the production of:
    • ethanol
    • ammonia
    • nitric acid
    • hydrogen
    • pulp and paper
    • base metal

Canada’s Greenhouse Gas Quantification Requirements for 2018

Key changes between 2017 and 2018

The 2018 methods expands on the 2017 methods document. It contains the following key changes that are not reflected in the 2017 version:

  • new quantification requirements (Section 7 to Section 13) specific to facilities involved in Phase 2 activities
  • alternative method to quantify fugitive emissions in Section 1(Carbon Capture, Transport and Storage)
  • modifications to technical requirements in Section 6 (Iron and Steel Production)
  • modifications to Section 2 (Fuel Combustion and Flaring) that consist of the following:
    • added method for flaring and the ability to use facility specific emission factors to quantify flaring emissions
    • De minimus for flaring
    • flexibility to use energy or physical based units to quantify emissions
    • flexibility to measure properties of internally generated fuels rather than splitting these out into conventional fuel categories
    • adjusted default emission factors for CO2 emissions from flaring to align with Canada’s National Greenhouse Gas Inventory
  • new and updated definitions
  • new appendix A to provide guidance on supporting documentation

Related links

Reporting greenhouse gas emissions data: technical guidance 2018, covers facilities that are not captured under Phases 1 and 2 of the expansion.

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