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B.C. Reg. 392/2008
904/2008
Deposited December 9, 2008

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act

Carbon Neutral Government Regulation

Note: Check the Cumulative Regulation Bulletin 2014 and 2015
for any non-consolidated amendments to this regulation that may be in effect.

[includes amendments up to B.C. Reg. 193/2014, January 1, 2015]

Point in Time

Contents
 1 Definitions
 2 Excluded organization
 3 How measurements of emissions are to be expressed
 4 PSO sources of greenhouse gas emissions
 5 Additional reporting requirements
 6 How emissions and their levels are to be determined
 7 Emission offsets
 8 Repealed
Schedule

Definitions

1  (1) In this regulation:

"Act" means the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act;

"carbon dioxide equivalent" means the mass of carbon dioxide that would produce the same global warming impact as a given mass of another greenhouse gas, as determined using the 100 year time horizon global warming potential set out in column 4 of the Schedule;

"director" means the government employee designated in writing by the minister as director for the purposes of the Act;

"responsible minister", in relation to a public sector organization, means the minister who is the appropriate minister within the meaning of section 24 of the Financial Administration Act.

(2) In the Act and this regulation:

"public business", in relation to the Provincial government, means business necessary or ancillary to a public official's duties;

"public official" means

(a) a member of the Legislative Assembly and any person on the member's staff,

(b) an employee of the government of British Columbia,

(c) a member or employee of a tribunal as defined in the Administrative Tribunals Act and includes a member or employee of the Forests Appeals Commission continued under section 194 of the Forest Practices Code of British Columbia Act,

(d) a provincial court judge, justice of the peace or judicial justice,

(e) an employee of the Legislative Assembly, including a permanent officer of the Legislative Assembly appointed under section 39 (1) of the Constitution Act, or

(f) an officer of the legislature within the meaning of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and an employee of an officer of the legislature

but does not include

(g) an officer or employee of a government body within the meaning of the Financial Administration Act;

"Treasury Board" means the Treasury Board continued by the Financial Administration Act.

[am. B.C. Reg. 55/2010, s. 1.]

Excluded organization

2  Canadian Blood Services is excluded from the definition of "public sector organization" in section 1 of the Act.

How measurements of emissions are to be expressed

3  For the purposes of the Act, greenhouse gas emissions must be expressed in tonnes based on their carbon dioxide equivalencies and tonnes of each specific greenhouse gas listed in the Schedule.

PSO sources of greenhouse gas emissions

4  (1) In this section:

"building" includes a structure or other permanent improvement;

"equipment" includes components of an information technology system;

"indirect energy emissions", in relation to a public sector organization or the supply of a good or service, means greenhouse gas emissions specifically associated with the production of electricity, steam, heating or cooling that is consumed or used by the organization or supplier.

(2) Subject to subsection (3), the following greenhouse gas emissions are deemed to be PSO greenhouse gas emissions:

(a) direct emissions and indirect energy emissions from the heating, air conditioning and lighting of a building or portion of a building owned or leased by the public sector organization, other than the heating, air conditioning and lighting of a building that is leased to another public sector organization;

(b) direct emissions and indirect energy emissions from the operation of appliances, equipment and machinery, other than mobile combustion sources, owned or leased by the public sector organization;

(c) direct emissions from the operation of a vehicle or other mobile combustion source, other than a public transit or school bus owned or leased by the public sector organization;

(d) in relation to the Provincial government, direct emissions and indirect energy emissions from the supply of travel and accommodation services to a public official who is travelling on public business for which travel expenses and accommodation expenses are covered by the consolidated revenue fund;

(e) direct emissions from the production of office paper purchased by the public sector organization for use in its business.

(3) Greenhouse gas emissions from an electricity generating facility or electricity transmission equipment operated by the British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority or British Columbia Transmission Corporation are not emissions for which that authority or corporation are deemed to be responsible under the Act.

[am. B.C. Reg. 272/2009, App. B, s. 1.]

Additional reporting requirements

5  In addition to the requirements of the Act and this regulation relating to PSO greenhouse gas emissions, a public sector organization must determine and report greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the operation of a public transit bus or school bus that is owned or leased by the public sector organization.

How emissions and their levels are to be determined

6  A public sector organization must determine, report and verify greenhouse gas emissions in the manner and form specified by the director.

Emission offsets

7  (1) A public sector organization, other than the government, that is required to apply emission offsets in order to be carbon neutral must do so by requesting that the minister apply the emission offsets on behalf of the public sector organization.

(2) If the government is required to apply emission offsets in order to be carbon neutral, the minister must apply the emission offsets on behalf of the government.

(3) Subject to any directives of the Treasury Board, the minister may set the terms and conditions for the application of emission offsets on behalf of a public sector organization.

[en. B.C. Reg. 124/2014, App. 1.]

Repealed

8  Repealed. [B.C. Reg. 193/2014.]

Schedule

[en. B.C. Reg. 124/2014, App. 3.]

Specified Gases and Their Global Warming Potentials

Column 1
Item
Column 2
Specified Gas
Column 3
Chemical Formula
Column 4
Global Warming Potential
(100 year time horizon)
1 Carbon dioxide CO2 1
2 Methane CH4 25
3 Nitrous oxide N2O 298
4 HFC-23 CHF3 14 800
5 HFC-32 CH2F2 675
6 HFC-41 CH3F 92
7 HFC-43-10mee C5H2F10 1 640
8 HFC-125 C2HF5 3 500
9 HFC-134 C2H2F4 (CHF2CHF2) 1 100
10 HFC-134a C2H2F4 (CH2FCF3) 1 430
11 HFC-143 C2H3F3 (CHF2CH2F) 353
12 HFC-143a C2H3F3 (CF3CH3) 4 470
13 HFC-152a C2H4F2 (CH3CHF2) 124
14 HFC-227ea C3HF7 3 220
15 HFC-236fa C3H2F6 9 810
16 HFC-245ca C3H3F5 693
17 Perfluoromethane CF4 7 390
18 Perfluoroethane C2F6 12 200
19 Perfluoropropane C3F8 8 830
20 Perfluorobutane C4F10 8 860
21 Perfluorocyclobutane c-C4F8 10 300
22 Perfluoropentane C5F12 9 160
23 Perfluorohexane C6F14 9 300
24 Sulphur hexafluoride SF6 22 800

[Provisions relevant to the enactment of this regulation: Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act, S.B.C. 2007, c. 42, section 12]