Canada’s Greenhouse Gas Offset Credit System: Protocols

Highlights

Canada’s Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Offset Credit System is accepting project registration applications under the Landfill Methane Recovery and Destruction, Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Refrigeration Systems and Improvement Forest Management on Private Land federal offset protocols. Refer to the "Credit and Tracking System" tab above for details on how to apply.

Webinars will be held on Wednesday May 29, 2024, to provide a high-level overview of the Improved Forest Management on Private Land protocol and answer questions. Registration prior to the event is mandatory, through the following links:

Published Federal Offset Protocols
Protocols Date published Provinces and territories where the protocol is applicable Related documents
Improved Forest Management on Private Land, Version 1.0 May 6, 2024 Everywhere except British Columbia n/a
Landfill Methane Recovery and Destruction, Version 1.1
February 24, 2023 Everywhere except British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec

Federal Offset Protocol Overview: Landfill Methane Recovery and Destruction

Webinar presentation on August 18, 20221

Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Refrigeration Systems, Version 1.1 December 8, 2023 Everywhere

Federal Offset Protocol Overview: Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Refrigeration Systems

Webinar presentation on March 16, 20231

1 To receive a copy of the presentation, please send us an email at: creditscompensatoires-offsets@ec.gc.ca

What is a Federal Offset Protocol?

Federal offset protocols set out requirements for project implementation and methods for quantifying GHG emission reductions and removals for given project types. Only eligible project activities included in a published federal offset protocol will be able to generate federal offset credits in Canada’s GHG Offset Credit System.

Once final, federal offset protocols are included in the Compendium of Federal Offset Protocols. Protocols are being developed on an ongoing basis.

Emission Factors and Reference Values

Project proponents must quantify the GHG emission reductions and removals from their project using the applicable emission factors and reference values set out in the following document:

Protocol Development Status

ECCC is currently developing the following federal offset protocols:

ECCC will also be initiating the development of a protocol on Improved Forest Management on Public Land later this year.

As protocols are completed, work on new protocols will begin. Subsequent project types under consideration for future federal offset protocol development include Bioenergy Carbon Dioxide Capture and Sequestration. Note that protocols may not be developed for all the project types listed above and other project types may also be considered for protocol development in the future.

Technical Experts

Roster of Technical Experts

To support federal offset protocol development, ECCC is seeking input on a volunteer basis from external technical experts with significant expertise related to offset project development; GHG quantification; verification; sector-based best practices; offset protocol development; and/or relevant academic research.

Individuals with significant technical and/or scientific expertise who would like to be considered for placement on the Roster of Technical Experts are invited to download and complete the following:

Completed forms and an updated CV should be sent to creditscompensatoires-offsets@ec.gc.ca, with the subject line: “Candidacy Package for Roster of Technical Experts”. Candidate submissions will be accepted on an on-going basis.

Updates to qualifications, project types of interest, changes to contact information, or requests for removal from the Roster of Technical Experts can be made at any time by emailing creditscompensatoires-offsets@ec.gc.ca.

Technical Expert Teams

ECCC will establish Technical Expert Teams made up of individuals from the Roster of Technical Experts to provide technical input on federal offset protocol development. As specific expertise is required for each project type, the membership of each Technical Expert Team will vary depending on the protocol. Not all individuals on the Roster of Technical Experts will necessarily be placed on a Technical Expert Team.

Contact information

For inquiries on the Credit and Tracking System: CreditsCompensatoiresSCSC-OffsetsCATS@ec.gc.ca.

For general inquiries on Canada’s GHG Offset Credit System: creditscompensatoires-offsets@ec.gc.ca.

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