Canada and British Columbia sign agreement on GHG data collection
Canada's Environment Minister, John Baird, and British Columbia's Minister of State for Climate Action, John Yap, announced that Canada and British Columbia will coordinate their greenhouse gas emission reporting under a national single window system.
By Craig Pearson
“Accurate reporting of greenhouse gas emissions provides vital data in support of our domestic and international climate change goals and obligations,” said Baird. “This is an important agreement that will minimize duplication and reduce the reporting burden for industry and governments through the development of a single window GHG reporting system.”
“Being able to report GHG emissions only once while meeting the requirements of both the federal and provincial governments will save British Columbia industries time and money,” said Yap. “This is another example of the strong partnership we have with the Government of Canada, and single window reporting will be an important tool as British Columbia moves towards a regional cap-and-trade system.”
Under the auspices of the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME), the federal, provincial and territorial governments made a commitment to ensure that all jurisdictions are able to measure, track and report progress on the reduction of greenhouse gases.
On March 15, 2010, Environment Canada launched its Single Window Reporting System to collect information on greenhouse gas emissions in support of the Department’s mandatory reporting programs for greenhouse gases.
The federal government says it is committed to reaching the target inscribed in the Copenhagen Accord to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of 17% below 2005 levels by 2020.
For further information, go to the Environment Canada website.