Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) today announced the launch of Canada’s Greenhouse Gas Offset Credit System, with the publication of the final regulations in Canada Gazette II. As part of the announcement, ECCC also announced that municipalities and other landfill operators will now be able to generate offset credits under the finalized Landfill Methane Recovery and Destruction protocol (see our earlier bulletins here and here) for recovering landfill gas from their operations and either destroying it or repurposing it into energy with technologies such as flares, boilers, turbines, and engines.
ECCC is currently developing the following federal offset protocols:
- Reducing GHG Emissions from Refrigeration Systems;
- Improved Forest Management;
- Enhanced Soil Organic Carbon; and
- Livestock Feed Management.
ECCC has also indicated that over the summer it will begin development of a Direct Air Carbon Capture and Sequestration protocol, after which it will start work on the following new protocols:
- Improved Forest Management on Public Lands;
- Bioenergy Carbon Capture and Sequestration;
- Livestock Manure Management; and
- Anerobic Digestion.
ECCC also announced that it is looking for interested individuals to provide input as external technical experts and assist with the development of the Direct Air Carbon Capture and Sequestration protocol. Interested individuals are invited to visit the GHG Offset Credit System website for more information on how to submit their candidacy packages by July 31, 2022.