June 2020

GHG Quantification and Verification Opportunities in BC and Canada: Part 5

Project Level Calculations and BC Case Studies

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This session is Part 5 of the GHG Quantification and Verification Opportunities in BC and Canada webinar series. This series includes multiple sessions broadcast periodically between April to July 2020.
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Date: Monday, June 29, 2020
Time: 11:45 AM–12:00 PM PDT: Registration
12:00 PM–1:00 PM PDT: GHG Quantification and Verification Opportunities in BC and Canada: Part 5
Location: Webinar
Presenter: Nelson Lee, P.Eng., M.A.Sc.
Green Sky Sustainability Consulting Inc.
Credit: 1 Informal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Free

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Annually, nearly 1,000 businesses (reporters) across Canada are required to quantify and report their GHG emissions to Environment and Climate Change Canada and their provincial counterparts. Some of these businesses engage the services of consultants to help them gather the required information and to quantify and report the GHG emissions. Since 2007, some of these businesses were also required to have their GHG emission reports verified by a third party. Related to these activities, an offsetting market has sprung up in many jurisdictions involving offset project developers, businesses that have the potential to generate offsets, technology providers, and more consultants and verifiers.

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 5 of the GHG Quantification and Verification Opportunities in BC and Canada webinar series. The series broadcasts periodically between April to July 2020 with new content each session and includes the following webinars:

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.

Target Audience:

  • 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.

Learning Objectives:

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.


Nelson Lee, P.Eng., M.A.SC.

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.

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