Technical Guidance on Reporting Greenhouse Gas Emissions
1 Reporting Process Overview
The current GHG reporting requirements stipulate that all persons who operate a facility that emits 50 000 tonnes (or 50 kt) of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2 eq) (the reporting threshold) or more of GHGs in the calendar year are subject to the reporting requirements and must report their emissions information to Environment Canada. Facilities need to calculate their total direct emissions (in CO2 eq units) of the GHGs covered by this reporting requirement to determine if they are required to report.
If the facility’s emissions meet or exceed the reporting threshold, the facility is required to submit a report (see Figure 1 for an overview of the reporting process). If the facility’s emissions fall below the reporting threshold, the facility is not required to submit a report but is encouraged to submit a voluntary report nonetheless.
A reporting company with a facility or facilities subject to the reporting requirements must include with the GHG emissions report a statement of certification, signed by an authorized signing officer, indicating that the information submitted is true, accurate and complete. This statement should be submitted electronically with the GHG report through the online reporting system.
The reporting company may also submit, with the GHG report, a written request that the reported information be treated as confidential. If applicable, the reporting company must complete the confidentiality request process, which includes preparing the written request and sending it with the report to Environment Canada.
The information that must be submitted includes general information about the reporting company and facility (e.g. name, address/location, contacts, parent companies, various identifiers) and the GHG emissions information for the facility in question. Each facility is required to report total direct GHG emissions as per the reporting format described in Section 4 of this document.
All information (i.e. the GHG report, statement of certification and confidentiality request, if applicable) must be submitted by the June 1st reporting deadline.
If a facility reported emissions in a previous year but does not meet the current year’s reporting threshold, it is now required to notify the Pollutant Inventories and Reporting Division.
For any questions about Environment Canada’s GHG Emissions Reporting Program, please contact:
Pollutant Inventories and Reporting Division
Telephone: 819-994-0684 or toll-free at 1-877-877-8375
Figure 1: Reporting Process Overview
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