Base metal smelters sector: environmental performance agreements overview
New reporting deadline
Due to the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, the deadline for submitting the annual report for the 2019 calendar year is extended to August 30, 2020.
These environmental performance agreements are in effect from January 5, 2018 to December 31, 2025.
The objective of the agreements is to implement the base level industrial emissions requirements (BLIERs) developed for the base metals smelting and refining sector.
The agreements have been negotiated between Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) and 5 base metal smelting and refining companies, each with a specific agreement:
- Vale Canada Limited
- Glencore Canada Limited
- Teck Metals Limited
- Hudbay Minerals Inc.
- Canadian Electrolytic Zinc Limited on behalf of Noranda Income Limited Partnerships
The participating companies agree to:
- Achieve and maintain the BLIERs for emissions of sulphur dioxide (SO2) and particulate matter (PM).
- Continual improvement, where reasonably feasible, with respect to:
- further reducing emissions of SO2 and PM
- reducing emissions of metals and fugitive PM
- implementing the applicable recommendations in the Environmental Code of Practice for Base Metals Smelters and Refineries
|Type of reports||Deadline|
|Annual report||June 30 (covering data collected each calendar year between 2017 and 2025)|
|Verification||Once (within 2 years of the date of the agreement)|
|ECCC public reporting||Annually (until end of agreement)|
Where to submit
All annual reports are to be submitted electronically to email@example.com.
Annual reports were submitted to the Government of Canada in 2018. The annual reports contain data on releases of particulate matter (PM) and sulphur dioxide (SO2) from all of the 11 participating facilities. Results indicate that the 8 facilities with a target date of January 5, 2018, met the targets for PM intensity and sulphur capture rate. The 3 remaining facilities have a target date of January 1, 2019, for PM intensity and sulphur capture rate.
Federal, provincial and territorial environment ministers are taking action to better protect human health and the environment by endorsing and implementing the Air quality management system (AQMS). The AQMS includes Canadian ambient air quality standards for fine particulate matter and ground-level ozone, BLIERs and local air zone management by the provincial/territorial jurisdictions.
ECCC led a federal, provincial and territorial consensus process with stakeholder involvement to complete the development of BLIERs. For the base metals smelting sector, BLIERs were developed for SO2 and PM.
Response to comments
The draft agreements were posted for public consultation on the Government of Canada's environmental performance agreements website for 60 days. Comments were received from industrial stakeholders. These comments were taken into consideration when finalizing the agreements.
In response to these comments, text was added to clarify when annual reports are due and which party is responsible for chairing a working group to work towards reducing emissions of metals and fugitive particulate matter. As well, a footnote was removed from the Annex I of each agreement to avoid confusion regarding the process for amending the agreements.
- Overview of the base metal smelters and refineries code of practice
- Pollution prevention planning notice for base metals smelters and refineries and zinc plants
Mining and Processing Division
Environment and Climate Change Canada
351 St-Joseph Boulevard
Gatineau QC K1A 0H3
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