March 21, 2005

VCR completes transition to CSA climate change section

Canada's Climate Change Voluntary Challenge and Registry (VCR) has completed its move to the emerging climate change section of the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). The VCR team and its technology, operating under CSA's umbrella, continue to support and encourage organizations and citizens to find ways to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by offering a variety of tools and expertise.

"We continue to offer industry-leading, state-of-the-art Web-based interactive greenhouse gas measurement tools, tracking systems and registration procedures. We have updated all our registries with a new look and function including the establishment of an improved database management engine," said Bob Flemington, former VCR Inc president and now director of GHG Registries at CSA.

The move to CSA signifies a major step forward for the long-term viability of the Registry. CSA is ensuring that the highly successful Web-based GHG registry systems and associated expertise developed by VCR over the past eight years will remain available to industry and governments across Canada through the CSA's new climate change business unit. In turn, the Registry's affiliation with the CSA should help registrants in a variety of ways.

"CSA has been in the climate change business for a long time. We have over 65 published standards that relate to climate change," John Walter, CSA's senior director of standards development, pointed out.

These standards are part of more than 2,600 published CSA standards, 40% of which are referenced in government legislation. Development of standards is based on a process involving technical and other experts from government and the relevant topic area. This approach means that VCR participants will have access to some of the best and the brightest in the field of GHG emissions, and that new standards will be rigorously peer-reviewed.

VCR Inc and the CSA signed a letter of intent last fall in order to ensure that VCR's systems, services and expertise would continue to be available to industry and governments across Canada after VCR ceased operations at the end of 2004.

First established by Natural Resources Canada in 1995 as part of Canada's National Action Program on Climate Change, VCR became an independently-functioning private-public partnership in 1997. Its Registry component documents the actions planned and executed by registrants and provide them an opportunity to exchange information and to share best practices with their peers.

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