Ontario's Cap and Trade Regulation, are you ready?

Canada is turning a new leaf on climate change and this will have a real impact on consumers and business. Ontario’s cap-and-trade program, which launch in January 2017, will require certain emitters to obtain allowances equal to their total emissions.   Are you ready? Click here for 0ur brochure.

ORTECH has had a long history with helping our clients with emissions testing, emissions reporting and emissions compliance.

If you are going to be affected by the new Climate Change regulation ORTECH can provide consultation services regarding Ontario Regulation proposed to be made under the Proposed Climate Change Mitigation and Low-Carbon Economy Act, 2016 (Bill 172) “The Cap and Trade Program”.   The Cap and Trade Program as currently drafted will provide free emission allowances during the first compliance period (2017-2020) for a number of specified processes, such as general stationary combustion processes, and will require other processes such as electricity generation to purchase emission allowances during this first compliance period.  

Here is a typical scope of work ORTECH will provide:

  • An estimation of annual emission allowances will be required to obtain during the first compliance period (2017 – 2020), in addition to those distributed by the Ontario government;
  • An estimate of the associated minimum costs to obtain these additional emission allowances;
  • A summary checklist identifying key dates for registration, filing of notices and reports, and
  • A summary of regulatory developments anticipated to be released between present and August 2016 (Final regulation is anticipated July 2016).

Why ORTECH?

ORTECH has been providing greenhouse gas emissions measurement and inventory services for many years to meet corporate as well as Canadian and Ontario requirements. With the passage of Ontario Reg. 452/09, Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting, ORTECH has expanding its services to include the conduct of methodological review, gap analyses and pre-audit services to help you ensure effective and efficient compliance with ISO 14064-3, ‘Greenhouse Gases – Part 3: Specification with guidance for the validation and verification of greenhouse gas assertions’. A detailed review of your existing system will be conducted to identify weaknesses and deficiencies that must be addressed to conform to Reg. 452/09 and ISO 14064-3 requirements. With the completion of a Gap Analysis audit, you will have confidence that your GHG emissions report is right the first time.

ORTECH is recognized for its expertise in the preparation of emission inventories at the process level for use in reporting and compliance assessments; various types of modeling studies; air pollution control strategy development; addressing policy issues and other applications.  Inventory method manuals have also been prepared to describe the techniques for consistent application.  In particular, specific guidance documents and manuals have been prepared by ORTECH, some of which describe methods to compile emissions while others comprise regulatory requirements/guidelines, to assist users in applying accepted approaches. In addition, a wide variety of air quality reviews and other related assessments have been conducted for clients pertaining to various subjects.

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ORTECH understands Climate Change Regulations; It's what we do.

In 2015, Ontario released their Climate Change Strategy. This outlined Ontario’s long-term vision for reducing greenhouse gases (“GHG”) including the participation in Western Climate Initiative. Cap and Trade program limiting the amount of GHG emitting by the economy (the “Cap”), and then allows those covered by the cap to trade amount themselves (the “trade”) in a flexible and cost-effective way.  Click here for 0ur brochure.

ORTECH are specialists in preparing emission inventories for both permitting and reporting requirements with services including: 

  • GHG Reporting: Preparation for both Ontario and Federal reporting requirements.
  • Cap and Trade Verification Support: Assistance in preparing for the emission verification process.
  • GHG Credit and Allowance Measurement: GHG Emission Credit Testing
  • GHG Emission Credit Measurement:
  • Compare actual Emission to government limited amounts.
  • Performance Testing:  Assessing the effectiveness of Air Pollution Control (APC) systems, and the efficiency (or performance) of gas turbines and compressors.
  • Future Projection of Emission Assessment: Forecasting Emission 3-5 years in the future to determine a strategic Emission action plan.
  • Identification and Quantification of early reduction credits: Review and assessment of past energy efficiency projects that generated a decrease in Emission.

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ORTECH understands emissions,
It's what we do.

In November 2015, Ontario released a Climate Change Strategy to set the long-term vision for meeting greenhouse gas pollution reduction targets. Reporting is going to continue but will be more important as your emissions will have or can have financial implications. ORTECH is ready to assist you. Click here for 0ur brochure.

Why do I have to Report my Greenhouse Gases?

Climate change is one of the most urgent issues of our time requiring strong, collective action to ensure Ontario can achieve deep greenhouse gas reductions while fostering a strong, prosperous low-carbon economy. Ontario is proposing to amend its greenhouse gas emissions reporting regulation to support a future cap and trade program.

The Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting Regulation (O. Reg. 452/09) requires facilities operating in Ontario with annual emissions equal to or greater than 25,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent to report and verify their greenhouse gas emissions data.

Ontario Regulations:

O. Reg. 452/09 formalizes Ontario’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting program. Facilities that have stationary fuel combustion equipment and those that are in specified chemical & metal manufacturing sectors are to report under O. Reg. 452/09 if they exceed 10,000 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide Equivalent (CO2e) greenhouse gas emissions.

ORTECH’s experienced staff can offer your facility the following related services required under O. Reg. 452/09:

  • Quantify greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with Guideline approved methodologies,
  • Prepare a documentation report to satisfy O. Reg. 452/09 document retention requirements,
  • Enter data and fill-in reports on the federal Single Window Information Manager (SWIM) website, and assist facility staff in submitting the reports,
  • Prepare for an audit of the submitted report, and
  • Provide on-site audit support to answer any technical questions auditors may have.

Why ORTECH?

ORTECH has been providing greenhouse gas emissions measurement and inventory services for many years to meet corporate as well as Canadian and Ontario requirements. With the passage of Ontario Reg. 452/09, Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting, ORTECH has expanding its services to include the conduct of methodological review, gap analyses and pre-audit services to help you ensure effective and efficient compliance with ISO 14064-3, ‘Greenhouse Gases – Part 3: Specification with guidance for the validation and verification of greenhouse gas assertions’. A detailed review of your existing system will be conducted to identify weaknesses and deficiencies that must be addressed to conform to Reg. 452/09 and ISO 14064-3 requirements. With the completion of a Gap Analysis audit, you will have confidence that your GHG emissions report is right the first time.

ORTECH is recognized for its expertise in the preparation of emission inventories at the process level for use in reporting and compliance assessments; various types of modeling studies; air pollution control strategy development; addressing policy issues and other applications.  Inventory method manuals have also been prepared to describe the techniques for consistent application.  In particular, specific guidance documents and manuals have been prepared by ORTECH, some of which describe methods to compile emissions while others comprise regulatory requirements/guidelines, to assist users in applying accepted approaches. In addition, a wide variety of air quality reviews and other related assessments have been conducted for clients pertaining to various subjects.

If you have any questions, please contact Scott Manser.

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ORTECH understands emissions,
It's what we do.

Accurate tracking of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is an important part of assessing Canada’s overall environmental performance. In March 2004, the Government of Canada announced the introduction of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting Program (GHGRP). Click here for 0ur brochure.

Federal Regulations:

Environment Canada maintains a mandatory greenhouse gas annual reporting program. The requirement to report is formalized each year with a notice in the Canada Gazette, and the typical deadline for submitting the report is June 1 of the following year. In general, facilities are required to report emissions of greenhouse gases to Environment Canada if they release more than 50,000 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide Equivalent (CO2e) greenhouse gas emissions. Reporting is done online using Environment Canada’s Single Window Information Manager (SWIM) website.

ORTECH can assist your facility with:

  • Determining if reporting is required,
  • Quantifying greenhouse gas emissions including spreadsheet templates to simplify future calculations,
  • Entering data and filling in reports on the SWIM website, and
  • Preparing a documentation report.

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ORTECH understands Emission Performance and Guarantee Testing!

With all the focus on Climate Change, Energy Efficiency and reduction of Greenhouse Gas ("GHG") emissions, emitters are forced to make changes to their operations. If you are looking to install new low emissions equipment to help comply with the new Ontario Climate Change plan, ORTECH can help.

Performance Testing is a general term used to describe methods of assessing the effectiveness of Air Pollution Control ("APC") systems, and the efficiency (or performance) of gas turbines and compressors.  Whether during commissioning to meet the requirements of performance guarantees, or to show compliance with Environmental Compliance Approval ("ECA") limits ORTECH can provide emission testing services related to Performance Guarantee Testing, Gas Turbine Tuning, and process optimization.  Some of the expert performance testing services ORTECH provides are as follows:

Compliance Emission Testing

Compliance emission tests are typically required to meet facility ECA requirements.  These test results provide an indication of the performance of APC systems at that specific point in time in relation to point of impingement and/or in-stack concentration limits.

Air Pollution Control Device Efficiency Testing

Emission Tests performed across an APC device (i.e.:  the inlet and outlet of a wet or dry scrubber, electrostatic precipitator, baghouse, carbon or ammonia injection system, selective catalytic reduction/oxidation system, etc.) will provide the best indication of the actual operating performance of that system under varying process conditions. Testing is also often performed across an existing control device for design and engineering of a new control system.

Gas Turbine Tuning

ORTECH can provide real-time continuous measurements of the concentrations of O2, CO, CO2, NOx, SO2, and total hydrocarbon (including non-methane hydrocarbons) while the facility tunes the turbine operating parameters in order to optimize performance.

Performance Guarantee Testing

In order to demonstrate that contractual performance requirements are met between the equipment suppliers and the facility, third party performance guarantee testing is performed.  Compliance tests may also be required to meet the facility ECA requirements.  Most often performance testing and compliance testing can be combined into a single test program providing significant cost savings to the client.

Typical test parameters include:  Continuous Emission Monitoring (O2, CO2, CO, NOx, and SO2), Total Hydrocarbons (THC), total suspended particulate matter and fine particulate matter (PM10, PM2.5 determination), acid gases and ammonia, and volumetric flow rate and moisture content determination.

All testing is conducted using reference test methods.