Engineers make up the majority of these reporters, offset project developers, consultants, and verifiers involved in representing a significant career focus for new and current engineers. This is reason enough to pay attention to this market. However, this is about to shift into a higher gear.
There are many market drivers, including the Paris Agreement, Canada’s GHG emissions trajectory, the industry sectors that are emitting GHGs, and Canada’s goals to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.
There are newer mandatory requirements to report and verify that comprise half the market change. However, due to attractive incentives, many businesses are voluntarily joining the market and reporting and verifying their emissions as well. The mandatory market already represents a step change in the size of the market. This latter voluntary market will nearly double it! Since the voluntary market is mostly smaller businesses, they will also likely lean more heavily on consultants to quantify and report their GHG emissions.
In addition to the direct market for GHG quantification and verification is the innovation side with new technology to reduce GHG emissions – again, often largely served by engineers. GHG reduction projects also involve construction which further involves engineers and geoscientists.
This session is Part 4 of the GHG Quantification and Verification Opportunities in BC and Canada webinar series. The CleanBC Industry Fund (CIF) portion of this session will cover a brief overview of the 2020 CleanBC Industry Fund Request for Proposals (timelines, funding, eligibility) and validation/verification requirements for projects considered under the fund. It will also cover the methodology guidance given for the quantification of project emissions.
The CleanBC Industrial Incentive Program (CIIP) portion will cover first an overview of the CleanBC Industrial Incentive Program and discuss how incentives will be provided both for the current “transition +” year and for future years using benchmarks. The portion goes on to outline how reporting for the CIIP program is closely coordinated with the reporting that is required under the Greenhouse Gas Industrial Reporting and Control Act (GGIRCA) and the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting Regulation and briefly discuss requirements under those pieces of legislation. It discusses the prescribed methodologies for quantifying emissions (WCI). It ends by discussing the differences in reporting and quantification under the GGIRCA reporting rules and those for the CIIP program.
More sessions may be posted at a later date.
- 12:00 PM–12:10 PM: Welcome and housekeeping (how the webinar platform works; rules to participate); introduction to the day’s session content; introduction to any guest speakers.
- 12:10 PM–12:55 PM: Presentation or Q&A session facilitated by Nelson Lee, P.Eng., M.A.Sc.
- 12:55 PM–1:00 PM: Wrap-up and summary; description of next session.
- Mostly engineers, especially those working on energy projects, with fossil fuels, with mechanical and electrical systems and the like.
- Especially for those looking to enter this market either as a lateral move or as a move up in their career.
- Particularly for those whose work has been affected as a result of COVID-19.
The audience will have these key takeaways by attending this session:
- Understand some basic drivers of the market – why quantify and verify GHG emissions?
- Understand the market-place structure – the jurisdictions, the reporters, verifiers, offset project developers, the accreditation bodies, etc.
- Know where the jurisdictions url is and what information can be found there.
- Understand where the market is, who are some of the payers and where the market is going.
- Understand what roles Engineers and Geoscientists BC is playing and will play as a regulator.
Green Sky Sustainability Consulting Inc.
Mr. Lee has 14 years of experience with climate change markets in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and California. He has been a member of Engineers and Geoscientists BC and APEGA since 1982. He services on the Sustainability Committee, the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Division, and Environmental Professionals Division. Currently, Nelson is a member of the Climate Change Action Plan Steering Committee. He has a B.Sc. in chemical engineering from the University of Alberta, and a M.A.Sc. in environmental engineering from the University of British Columbia.
Mr. Lee is a member of the CSA Technical Committee (TC 207) on Climate Change which is also a harmonized mirror committee that represents Canada’s interest in the development of international standards through the mirror committee to ISO Technical Committee 207/Subcommittee 7 on GHG Management and Related Activities. This harmonized committee represents Canada’s interest in the development of international standards. The committee also develops new standards and adopts existing international standards at the Canadian national level. Particularly, he is a working group expert on the following standards: ISO 14064 – related to climate change mitigation and ISO 14091 – related to climate change vulnerability / risk assessment and ISO 1409
Technical Lead for the CleanBC Industry Fund at the British Columbia Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy
Shelby Hart is a professional engineer with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Dalhousie University and a certified Catalyst Coach through the Brainsparker Academy in the U.K.
She gained experience in industrial operation and greenhouse gas reduction through operations and design engineering positions with major Canadian/global oil and gas and mining companies. Her expertise in plant operations and process design (including specialized slurry transport pipeline systems) lead to her involvement with several innovative technology development projects. Each of these projects evaluated alternative processing approaches to reduce waste by-products and substantially reduce GHG emissions. Highlights include projects to eliminate water use from SAGD operations, and elimination of fluid tailings creation from mine ore processing.
Shelby currently works for the BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy and holds the position of Technical Lead for the CleanBC Industry Fund. The Fund invests a portion of carbon tax revenues into businesses working on emission reduction projects. At the same time, it provides new opportunities and a larger market for BC’s clean technology companies.
Unit Head for Industrial Reporting and Evaluation with the Climate Action Secretariat
Hurrian Peyman is the Unit Head for Industrial Reporting and Evaluation with the Climate Action Secretariat, overseeing work on the CleanBC Industrial Incentive Program. Prior to this initiative, he has worked at the Secretariat on liquefied natural gas, oil and gas methane policies, and modelling climate policies.
Previously he had worked for the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas, the Vancouver Economic Commission, Carbon War Room, and the City of Vancouver on environmental initiatives.