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B.C. Reg. 392/2008
904/2008
Deposited December 9, 2008
This consolidation is current to October 17, 2017.
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Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act

Carbon Neutral Government Regulation

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

Contents
1Definitions
2Excluded organization
3How measurements of emissions are to be expressed
4PSO sources of greenhouse gas emissions
5Additional reporting requirements
6How emissions and their levels are to be determined
7Emission offsets
8Repealed
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)
1Carbon dioxideCO21
2MethaneCH425
3Nitrous oxideN2O298
4HFC-23CHF314 800
5HFC-32CH2F2675
6HFC-41CH3F92
7HFC-43-10meeC5H2F101 640
8HFC-125C2HF53 500
9HFC-134C2H2F4 (CHF2CHF2)1 100
10HFC-134aC2H2F4 (CH2FCF3)1 430
11HFC-143C2H3F3 (CHF2CH2F)353
12HFC-143aC2H3F3 (CF3CH3)4 470
13HFC-152aC2H4F2 (CH3CHF2)124
14HFC-227eaC3HF73 220
15HFC-236faC3H2F69 810
16HFC-245caC3H3F5693
17PerfluoromethaneCF47 390
18PerfluoroethaneC2F612 200
19PerfluoropropaneC3F88 830
20PerfluorobutaneC4F108 860
21Perfluorocyclobutanec-C4F810 300
22PerfluoropentaneC5F129 160
23PerfluorohexaneC6F149 300
24Sulphur hexafluorideSF622 800

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