Released on September 15, 2020
The Government of Saskatchewan continues to implement key commitments made in the province’s climate change strategy, Prairie Resilience, to help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and maintain a competitive economy.
As part of the strategy, government introduced performance standards in 2019 that are required for facilities that emit at least 25,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) in the province. Amendments were made to allow for voluntary registration for facilities in the upstream oil and gas sector wishing to combine emissions into an aggregate facility, for a combined 10,000 tonnes of CO2e. In July 2020, government directed that the emissions threshold for voluntary registration be lowered from 10,000 tonnes CO2e to 0 tonnes CO2e for upstream oil and gas aggregate facilities.
“Since the regulations and voluntary registration were introduced, 66 large emitting facilities and 24 aggregates containing more than 10,000 individual facilities are now registered in the program and must comply with provincial climate change legislation,” Environment Minister Dustin Duncan said. “These facilities generate 13 per cent, or approximately 10.3 million tonnes, of total provincial emissions and are expected to reduce that portion by a total of 10 per cent by 2030. We also expect many new companies to register aggregate upstream oil and gas facilities as part of the most recent amendments.”
Registration in the program also protects those facilities from the federal carbon tax. Instead of paying the increasing federal price per tonne of GHGs, the companies must reduce the intensity of their emissions from 2019 onward, or comply through one of the three following provincial mechanisms:
“The new threshold to the output-based performance standards will enable many smaller oil and gas producers to be covered by provincial regulation and protect them from the federal carbon tax, which will save them millions of dollars,” Energy and Resources Minister Bronwyn Eyre said. “Our provincial standards are designed to achieve real GHG emission reductions, while at the same time protecting competitiveness and limiting carbon leakage and investment flight to jurisdictions with lower regulatory standards.”
Visit www.saskatchewan.ca/climate-change for more information on the Prairie Resilience strategy and related regulations.
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