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Ontario Government - Red Tape Challenge for Chemical Manufacturing

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Chemical Manufacturing Comments for Red Tape ChallengeThe Government of Ontario is soliciting feedback regarding regulations affecting the chemical manufacturing industry, based upon the Red Tape Challenge.  Comments are currently being received on 148 different regulations which affect this industry until September 30, 2017.  A report with the consultation findings will be issued on March 30, 2018.

This government initiative is intended to provide an avenue for stakeholders to provide input on existing regulations to assist with updating, improving or eliminating the regulations pertaining to the chemical manufacturing industry.

Consultation on the following regulatory categories is currently available:

Comments can be provided by selecting the category above; more information regarding this consultation is available at:

https://talks.ontario.ca/redtapechallenge/

If you do not work within this industry, the Ontario Government is still interested in comments you may have pertaining to any of the regulations listed so please feel free to participate.

For more information, please contact Marnie Freer.

LEHDER 2017 Regulatory Reporting and Traning Calendars Available

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LEHDER 2016 CalendarsLEHDER is pleased to provide our clients with a Regulatory Reporting Calendar for important dates to remember for Ontario Reporting requirements.

Also available are LEHDER's 2017 in-class training calendars for both Alberta and Ontario. Additional information in regards to LEHDER's regulatory training capabilities are provided on the Regulatory Training page.

 Please feel free to download the documents from the links below.

LEHDER's regulatory training sessions occur in the spring and fall.  Additionally, LEHDER hosts webinars to provide updates to regulatory changes and updates.  To view the courses available in your region, please select the applicable category below.

For more information on LEHDER's regulatory training services, please contact Mark Roehler.

Ontario's Cap and Trade Program - Regulatory Overview of O. Reg. 144/16 and O. Reg 143/16

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ON Cap and Trade RegulationsOn May 19th the MOECC passed two new regulations which introduced the cap and trade program in Ontario. These two regulations, which were passed under the Climate Change Mitigation and Low-carbon Economy Act, are O. Reg. 143/16 and O. Reg. 144/16.

The Cap and Trade Program comes into effect on July 1, 2016 and acts as the framework for execution of the Cap and Trade Program in Ontario. Its purpose is to outline aspects such as registration of activities, the Program’s distribution of free allowances, and the rules that govern the auction process.  O. Reg. 144/16 The Cap and Trade Program Regulation also addresses:

  • Strategic reserve of allowances;

  • Allocation methodology;

  • Holding limits;

  • Buying credits; and

  • Market rules.

A methodology document, Methodology for the Distribution of Ontario Emission Allowances Free of Charge, dated May 16, 2016 was also released to support this Regulation. A copy of this document is provided below. 

O. Reg. 144/16 Guidance Document O. Reg. 144/16 Guidance Document (308 KB)

The cap covers approximately 82% of province-wide GHG emissions.  The majority of the GHG emissions not covered under this Program are from fugitive, agriculture, and waste management GHG sources. 

The second Regulation introduced is O. Reg. 143/16 - Quantification, Reporting and Verification of Greenhouse Gas Emissions.   This Regulation replaces the current O. Reg. 452/09 for the reporting of greenhouse gas emissions in Ontario and comes into effect on January 1, 2017.

This new regulation does not introduce any substantial policy changes from the existing reporting requirements under O. Reg. 452 however, some refinements have been made.  The newest guideline providing the reporting details to support this Regulation, titled Guideline for Quantification, Reporting and Verification of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Effective January 2017 was issued on May 17, 2016.  A copy of this document is provided below.

O. Reg. 143/16 Guidance Document O. Reg. 143/16 Guidance Document (1481 KB)

A facility is required to register under O. Reg. 144/16 as a mandatory participant if the O. Reg. 452 reporting threshold of >25,000 tonnes CO2 equivalent (CO2e) was met for the 2015 reporting year.  O. Reg. 143/16 allows facilities emitting between 10,000 – 25,000 CO2e to opt-in to the program as voluntary participants.  If required to register as a mandatory participant, the registration deadline is November 30, 2016. In subsequent years, the deadline for registration varies dependent upon several factors.  Please refer to Part IV, sections 21-24 of the Regulation for further information. The first compliance period of the Program is 2017-2020.

The application for allowances under O. Reg. 144/16 is due September 1 of each year. The MOECC will provide training in regards to registering for the Program and how to apply for allowances before this date.  Information regarding the allowances allotted and what can be offered for auction is expected to be provided by the end of 2016.

The process of applying for free allowances will occur each year however, the available free allowances will be on a sliding cap, which for combustion emission sources (without biomass adjustment) will decrease at a rate of 4.57% yearly. The purpose of this cap decline is to require facilities to gradually reduce GHG emissions, purchase allowances from the government or seek allowances or credits on the carbon market.

Free allowances provided to emitters will be distributed in different ways based upon the processes involved.  The current guidance provides five methodologies for determining allocations of free allowances.  A facility may employ more than one methodology. The preferred method employs product output benchmarks which will be used for industries/activities listed in Tables 1a/b/c of the O. Reg. 143/16 Guidance document. Energy use-based methods, historical data and allowances based upon previous annual emissions are other methods which can be used to calculate allowances. There will also be allowances for those that buy steam as a method of offsetting the upstream costs that cap and trade will introduce.

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For additional information please refer to the Regulations and guidance materials provided below:

O. Reg. 144/16 The Cap and Trade Regulation

O. Reg. 143/16 - Quantification, Reporting and Verification of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

O. Reg. 143/16 Guidance Document O. Reg. 143/16 Guidance Document (1481 KB)

O. Reg. 144/16 Guidance Document O. Reg. 144/16 Guidance Document (308 KB)

For more information in regards to the Cap and Trade Program Regulations and Guidance documents, please contact Marnie Freer.

LEHDER Annual Regulatory & Training Calendars Available

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LEHDER 2016 CalendarsLEHDER is pleased to provide our clients with a Regulatory Reporting Calendar for important dates to remember for Ontario Reporting requirements.

Also available are LEHDER's 2016 in-class training calendars for both Alberta and Ontario. Additional information in regards to LEHDER's regulatory training capabilities are provided on the Regulatory Training page.

 Please feel free to download the documents from the links below.

LEHDER's spring regulatory training sessions begin in March - to view the courses available in your region, please select the appropriate province below.

For more information in regards to LEHDER's regulatory training capabilities, please contact Mark Roehler.


Proposed Amendments to GHG Emissions Reporting Regulation O. Reg. 452/09

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O. Reg. 452/09 GHG Proposed AmendmentsIn April 2015, Premier Wynne announced that Ontario would implement a cap and trade system in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the province. The proposed updates to Ontario Regulation 452/09 to support this system will increase and expand the GHG emissions reporting currently required under the Environmental Protection Act and the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting Regulation (O. Reg. 452/09) and related Guidelines.

Some of the key changes proposed include:

  • Emissions Reporting Threshold - Decrease in emissions reporting threshold from 25,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) to 10,000 tonnes while maintaining the requirement that emissions greater than 25,000 tonnes be verified by a third party.

  • Capped and Non-capped Emission Categories - Division of source emissions into categories to establish those subjected to only reporting requirements and those requiring third party verification.

  • Global Warming Potential - Will not be updated and will remain as is in order to align with the Western Climate Initiative.

  • Petroleum Products Suppliers/Natural Gas Distributors - Starting in the 2016 reporting year, petroleum products suppliers that first introduce products to the Ontario market (including refineries and terminals) will be required to report GHG emissions attributable to the combustion of petroleum products.

  • Other Sources with Reporting Requirements - Several other sources will have emission reporting requirements, including:

  • Equipment used for natural gas transmission, storage and distribution;

  • Electricity transmission, distribution and imports;

  • Magnesium production; and

  • Mobile equipment at facilities.

The MOECC recently posted the updated Regulations and Reporting Requirements for comment by interested parties, which can be viewed here.  The comment period is open until October 29, 2015.  Comments can be submitted to the MOECC by email or by submission to the contact provided here.

For more information or to discuss how these proposed changes may affect your facility, please contact Marnie Freer at (519) 336-4101 ext. 226.