The B.C. government is seeking comments from stakeholders, First Nations and the general public on a reporting regulation intentions paper for the new Greenhouse Gas Industrial Reporting and Control Act.
The act, which received royal assent on Nov. 27, 2014, will enable performance standards to be set for industrial facilities or sectors. The act also streamlines several aspects of existing greenhouse gas (GHG) legislation and regulation into a single legislative and regulatory system. To uphold the Province’s commitment to having the cleanest liquefied natural gas (LNG) operations in the world, the new act includes a GHG emissions intensity benchmark for LNG facilities.
Industrial operations have already been reporting GHG emissions since 2010 and that will continue. The proposed new reporting regulation adds requirements for LNG operations and improvements based on stakeholder input to date.
Comments regarding the proposed reporting regulation can be made until April 20, 2015. Following review of comments and submissions, the Province will complete drafting of the new regulation.
In addition to the proposed new reporting regulation, government is in the process of developing two other regulations (i.e., offsets and compliance) under the new act, and intentions papers will be made available for comment later this year. All three regulations are expected to come into force by 2016.
To learn more about the proposed reporting regulation and to provide comments, visit the “Climate Action Legislation” section of the Ministry of Environment’s website:
Ministry of Environment