Reporting Regulation – Greenhouse Gas Reduction
(Cap and Trade) Act
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Guidance on the BC Reporting Regulation and One Window reporting system
Notice to BC Reporters:
Reference Materials for the 2012 reporting cycle:
Reference Materials for the 2011 reporting cycle:
Reference Materials for the 2010 reporting cycle:
Guidance on uploading a Verification Statement (PDF/175KB)
Guidance on Verification
The Verification Guidance Document (Updated for 2012 Emissions Reporting) (PDF/1MB) has been updated to support the implementation of the Reporting Regulation for the 2011 reporting period. It is intended to provide additional clarity around the requirements of the Reporting Regulation with respect to verification, and to clearly outline a procedure to assist industry with the verification process. Its purpose is to provide practical advice for Reporting Operations and Verification Bodies on verification requirements, and aims to promote a consistent and thorough verification process in accordance with legislation. The 2010 Verification Guidance Document and 2011 Verification Guidance Document remains available for reference purposes.
Guidance on Reporting
The Reporting Guidance Document (PDF/3MB) was prepared to support the implementation of the Reporting Regulation. It is intended to provide additional clarity around the requirements of the Reporting Regulation as it applies to 2011 emissions reports and onwards. Verification is addressed separately in the Verification Guidance Document. The purpose of the Reporting Guidance Document is to provide practical advice for Reporting Operations, Consultants and Verification Bodies on the regulatory requirements, and aims to promote a consistent and thorough approach in accordance with legislation.
The Ministry appreciates feedback and questions on this preliminary version of the guidance document such that future versions can be improved. Feedback can be provided to email@example.com.
Pulp and Paper Guidance
We note that pulp and paper reporting operations who use black (or red) liquor for electricity generation are currently compelled to report black (or red) liquor emissions under both electricity generation and pulp and paper activities due to an overlap in the prescribed quantification methods. This double reporting was not intended.
Since the method for pulp and paper is (in part) specific to black (or red) liquor whereas the electricity generation method is broader, the sampling, analysis, measurement and analytical data capture requirements for the pulp and paper quantification method should take precedence over those for electricity generation. Emissions should currently be reported under both activities. The Ministry will ensure that any double-counted emissions are properly handled in post-processing.
It is our intention to ensure that this issue is fixed for future reporting.
Verification Statement Template
Please note that the Ministry has now posted the template for the B.C. Reporting Regulation Verification Statement for 2012 Calendar Year Emissions Reports (2010 Verification Statement Template available here. 2011 Verification Statement Template Available here).
The Reporting Regulation requires that a Verification Statement be prepared based on verification procedures conducted by the Verification Body. It also requires that the Verification Statement, submitted as part of an Emissions Report, be done so in this form.
In respect of Emissions Reports submitted for the 2010 and 2011 reporting periods, the operator may choose not to include a Verification Statement in the Emissions Report submitted under section 4 (1) of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction (Cap and Trade) Act, but must, by September 1 of the year in which the report submitted under subsection 4 (1) of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction (Cap and Trade) Act is due, submit a supplementary report that includes a Verification Statement.
Conflict of Interest Report Template (Optional)
Section 26(2)(l) of the Reporting Regulation requires all Verification Statements to include a Conflict of Interest Report. In order to assist Verification Bodies in completing their reports, the Ministry has developed a Conflict of Interest Report Template (updated for 2012). (2010 Conflict of Interest Template Report template available here. 2011 Conflict of Interest Report Template available here). While it is preferred that the Ministry template be used, verification bodies may submit the required Conflict of Interest Report using a different template. The template is intended to provide Verification Bodies with a suggested structure for documenting their assessment of threats to independence, strategies for mitigating threats to independence and report on implementation of these strategies.
The Ministry has updated Section 6 of the B.C. Reporting Regulation Guidance Document: Verification to include the Conflict of Interest Report Template, and to provide context for the template with additional guidance for completing the Conflict of Interest Report. The guidance on assessing, monitoring for and mitigating threats to independence has also been updated. Please note the purpose of these revisions is to improve the interpretive guidance provided in the Guidance Document. The requirements pertaining to threats to independence under the Reporting Regulation have not changed for 2011 calendar year emissions reports.
Electricity Generation and Pulp and Paper Manufacturing
The following note is placed at the top of the WCI.040 and WCI.210 quantification methods:
“Note: CO2, CH4, and N2O emissions from spent/pulping liquor combusted to produce electricity in the process of pulp and paper manufacturing should be reported under WCI.210, starting with the 2011 reporting year. Additional reporting requirements that are present in the two quantification methods are maintained independent on the direction of where to report the emissions.”
NOTICE to BC reporters who also have to report to Environment Canada: If you would like to use the option to pre-populate your EC report with relevant BC report data, please do not start your EC report until you receive a notice from Environment Canada that this functionality has been enabled.
Activity Screen Shots and Help Pages
For 2010 Reporting Year:
• by Reporting Operation/Facility Type* and Activity Table
For 2006 - 2009 Reporting Years (historical data):
• by Reporting Operation/Facility Type* and Activity Table
|Activities by Table
*Legend for Reporting Operation/Facility Type:
SFO : Single Facility Operation
LFO : Linear Facilities Operation
IF_a : Individual facility within LFO with attributable emissions E ≥ 10,000 tCO2e
IF_b : Individual facility within LFO with attributable emissions 1,000 < E < 10,000 tCO2e
L_c : Aggregated group of individual facilities within LFO, each with attributable emissions E ≤ 1,000 tCO2e