A change to this document has been announced. According to the Government of Ontario, the changes provide for a “transition from the federal output-based pricing system (OBPS) to Ontario’s emissions performance standards program”. They notably (1) define “compliance period” and the first compliance period; (2) allow an accredited verification body to choose to comply with ISO 14065:2013 for a verification on or before November 30, 2023; (3) change the definition of natural gas transmission and what constitutes a facility in the context of a natural gas pipeline system, and update the references and requirements related to natural gas equipment and installations; (4) specify the applicability of the duty to quantify and calculate greenhouse gas emissions; (5) modify the obligation to submit a revised report in case of error, omission or misstatement and change various rules with respect to the discrepancy level of errors, omissions or misstatements; (6) change the requirements with respect to verification bodies’ duty of impartiality and verification statements; (7) replace the section on total annual emissions limit verification conclusions; and (8) modify the minimum elements to include in a verification report and the content of certain reports. The first effective date of the document that makes the change is October 22, 2021. More information about the change, including any additional effective dates, is available here and here.

Published : 27 Oct, 2021