Oct. 01, 2020 - The fourth version of the Equator Principles (EP4), a financial industry benchmark used by Equator Principle Financial Institutions (EPFIs) to assess and manage environmental and social risk in international project finance, takes effect on October 1, 2020. EPFIs commit that they will not...
Québec Cap-and-Trade System: Important Deadlines for Regulated Emitters
Under Québec’s cap-and-trade system, regulated emitters have until November 1, 2015, to ensure that their verified emissions do not exceed their greenhouse gas (GHG) emission allowances. Failure by regulated entities to cover their GHG emissions with a sufficient number of emission units can result in severe sanctions. In light of this deadline, Québec’s Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change announced a sale by mutual agreement of GHG emission units to be held on September 22, 2015. It is not expected that there will be another opportunity to acquire units for the first compliance period through government-administered means.
Eligible emitters have until Friday, August 21, 2015, to obtain an approved account and complete an application to participate in the sale via the Compliance Instrument Tracking System Service (CITSS) auction platform. An emitter will be an eligible participant if it currently holds no emission units that can be used for the first compliance period. Emitters that are deemed eligible will be advised thereof by September 18, 2015.
Emission units are being offered for sale in three categories at the prices set by regulation, as follows:
C$44.96 per unit
C$50.58 per unit
C$56.20 per unit
As is the case with the joint Québec–California cap-and-trade auctions, intended bids must be supported by a financial guarantee (cash, letter of credit or letter of guarantee). Applicants have until September 10, 2015, to provide their financial guarantee.
Alternatively, regulated emitters may opt to purchase privately the required emission units.
For further details, consult the Notice of Sale by Mutual Agreement.
Sept. 03, 2020 - Several regulations governing the implementation of the environmental authorization scheme have been enacted and were published on September 2, 2020, in the Gazette officielle du Québec, Part 2, including the Regulation respecting the regulatory scheme applying to activities on the...