Developing Emission Offset Projects

Offset projects reduce greenhouse gas emissions in operations across the province's economic regions and sectors, including: agriculture, industrial and land-based forestry, oil and gas, waste management and transportation.

Offsets can be purchased to satisfy legislative requirements such as those for B.C.’s carbon neutral public sector and the liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry’s emission benchmark.

Regulated offset projects in B.C. must meet the requirements of the Greenhouse Gas Emission Control Regulation, under the Greenhouse Gas Industrial Reporting and Control Act. The Regulation sets the framework for developing projects and creating offsets. Independent validators and verifiers provide third-party reviews to ensure offsets are real, verifiable, incremental and permanent. The Ministry of Environment provides regulatory oversight.

The BC Carbon Registry enables the issuance, transfer, and retirement of offsets. Proponents, validators and verifiers use the registry to obtain validation, verification, and acceptance of projects before offsets are issued. For information on applying for a registry account, see the Accessing BC Carbon Registry page.

Offset Project Process

The points below outline the main steps in developing and implementing an offset project.

  1. Developing an Offset Project

    • Review director protocols and regulatory guidance
    • Create a project plan
    • Have plan validated
    • Submit project plan for acceptance
  2. Implementing Projects and Offset Issuance

    • Prepare project report
    • Have report verified
    • Apply for offset unit insurance through BC Carbon Registry
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