December 5, 2005

Draft cross-cutting provisions of LFE rules released for comment

OTTAWA, ONT-The federal government has released a discussion draft of cross-cutting provisions within proposed regulations that will govern greenhouse gas emission reductions from large industrial facilities, known as large final emitters (LFEs). These facilities - the oil and gas, thermal electricity, and mining and manufacturing sectors - are expected to achieve a 45-megatonne reduction between 2008 and 2012. The proposed regulations will fall under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999). Following the public comment, the proposed cross-cutting elements of the regulations would be published in the Canada Gazette Part I in early 2006. Additional initiatives planned for 2006 include publication of a series of sector-specific greenhouse gas emission target regulations for public comment. The proposed cross-cutting provisions set out elements of the proposed regulations common to all sectors, while the sector-specific regulations will set individual emission targets for the various sectors, as well as specific reporting requirements. While Canada's Climate Change Plan provides for a regulatory approach to achieve the national LFE emission reduction target, CEPA 1999 allows for equivalency agreements with provinces, territories and Aboriginal governments. Discussions are proceeding with some provinces to develop equivalency agreements, which would recognize a province's regulatory actions provided that these actions achieve an equivalent environmental outcome. The draft cross-cutting provisions of the proposed regulations have been posted on Environment Canada's Web site, for a public review and comment period running through to Monday, January 12, 2006.

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