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Draft regulation
Afforestation and reforestation projects eligible for the issuance of offset credits on privately-owned land

Public consultation from August 4 to September 18, 2021


Consultation document

Public webinar presenting the draft regulation (In French)
(Teams d’Office 365)

Date: September 2, 2021
Time: from 10 am to 12 pm
Accessible via this link

The Québec cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gas (GHG) emission allowances includes an offset credit component, which enables promoters to carry out projects on a voluntary basis to reduce GHG emissions or remove GHGs from the atmosphere that stem from activity sectors or sources other than those subject to the compliance obligations of the cap-and-trade system. Its objectives are to decrease compliance costs borne by emitters, without undermining the system’s environmental integrity, to support emission reductions in sectors not subject to compliance obligations as well as to encourage investment in low-carbon projects in Québec.

In accordance with the Environment Quality Act, the Minister of the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change may make regulations respecting eligible offset credit projects. In order to increase the supply in Québec offset credits, a draft regulation respecting a new project type has been developed.

The draft regulation respecting afforestation and reforestation projects eligible for the issuance of offset credits on privately-owned land has the following main features:

  • Make eligible afforestation and reforestation projects on privately-owned land in Québec.
  • Use an innovative quantification approach, based on climate benefit actually achieved at the time of offset credit issuance, avoiding the usual 100-year permanence obligation; furthermore, this approach does not restrict land use and forest management, and it takes into account carbon sequestered in wood products.
  • Apply the aggregation concept, allowing a promotor to group several projects and thus benefit from softened requirements, for example, the conduct of carbon stock inventories at the level of aggregated projects, by the promotor at the quantification stage and the verification body at the verification stage.
  • Allow early action projects, by making eligible projects carried before the entry into force of the regulation, that is after December 31, 1989.

This draft regulation is published in the Gazette officielle du Québec for a 45-day public consultation.

A public webinar presenting the draft regulation will be held on September 2, 10:30 am to 12 pm. Accessible via this link (In French).

Additional information may be obtained by contacting:

Pierre Bouchard, Coordinator
Offset Credit Section
Carbon Market Division
Electrification and Climate Change Bureau (ECCB)
Ministère de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques
pierre.bouchard@environnement.gouv.qc.ca

Those wishing to provide input on the draft regulation should submit their comments in writing by September 18, 2021, 23 h 59, to:

Mrs Kim Ricard, Acting Director
Carbon Market Division
Electrification and Climate Change Bureau (ECCB)
Ministère de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques
Édifice Marie-Guyart, 5e étage, boîte 30
675, boulevard René-Lévesque Est
Québec (Québec) G1R 5V7
kim.ricard@environnement.gouv.qc.ca

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