New GHG reporting and compliance act comes into force

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The Province’s new Greenhouse Gas Industrial Reporting and Control Act (GGIRCA) came into force on January 1, 2016, ensuring LNG facilities in British Columbia will have an emissions cap making them the cleanest in the world.

The new act combines several pieces of existing greenhouse gas legislation into a single legislative framework.

The act includes the ability to set a greenhouse gas emissions intensity benchmark for regulated industries, including LNG facilities. This benchmark can be met using flexible options that act as incentives to invest in emission reduction projects for natural gas and other sectors around the province. Options can include purchasing offsets or paying a set price per tonne of greenhouse gas emissions that would be dedicated to a technology fund.

“Enacting the Greenhouse Gas Industrial Reporting and Control Act brings about clarity and consolidates many important pieces of our GHG legislation. The act upholds commitments we made to industry and enables First Nations and others to develop offsets under the new system, while supporting our new #BCTECH Strategy,” said Minister of Environment Mary Polak.

Three regulations necessary to implement the act also are now in effect:

  • the greenhouse gas emission reporting regulation;
  • the greenhouse gas emission administrative penalties and appeals regulation; and
  • the greenhouse gas emission control regulation.

“The greenhouse gas emissions cap we have placed on our LNG facilities will make B.C.’s LNG the cleanest in the world. This is yet another example of our international leadership on climate action,” said Minister Polak.

These three regulations were developed with public and stakeholder input. View a summary of the comments received here: http://ow.ly/VRyPO

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