CleanBC Industrial Incentive Program

The CleanBC Industrial Incentive Program (CIIP) supports emissions reductions and industrial competitiveness by providing incentives for cleaner industrial operations that meet a world-leading low-carbon emissions benchmark. The level of incentive payment is based on the performance of each industrial operation.

Last updated: May 2021

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How the program works

Emissions intensity benchmarks have been set for the majority of B.C.’s industry sectors.

If an industrial facility has an emissions intensity that is below the emissions benchmark for that sector, it may be eligible to receive a payment equal to the amount of incremental carbon tax (i.e. above $30 per tonne CO2e) paid in the previous year.

Operations that have low emissions but do not fully meet the low-carbon benchmark for their sector may still be eligible for a partial incentive on a sliding scale, if they meet an eligibility threshold.

Who is eligible?

The CleanBC Industrial Incentive Program is open to businesses that emit more than 10,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) per year and/or those that report under the Greenhouse Gas Industrial Reporting and Control Act, that have taken all reasonable measures to comply with the requirements under the Act. Sectors, listed in the table below, are NOT eligible for the program.

Ineligible Sectors

Sector Facility Type NAICS* Code CIIP Eligibility
Natural Gas Distribution Natural Gas Distribution 221210 Not eligible
Waste Treatment Sewage Treatment Facilities 221320 Not eligible
Waste Treatment Waste Treatment and Disposal 562210 Not eligible
Electricity Fossil fuel electric power generation 221112 Not eligible
Electricity Electric bulk power transmission and control 221121 Not eligible
Electricity Electricity import operations   Not eligible
Electricity Hydro electric power generation facilities 221111 Not eligible
Electricity Other Electric power generation facilities 2211119 Not eligible

* North American Industry Classification System

How to apply

Applications for the CleanBC Industrial Incentive Program are due July 31, 2021. To apply:

To learn more about the CIIP program refer to the General Application Reporting Guidance (PDF, 451KB). For sector-specific guidance, refer to the CIIP 2021 Application Reporting Guidance Documents and Calculators below.

For questions, please email GHGregulator@gov.bc.ca.

GGIRCA Bulletins

Greenhouse Gas Industrial Reporting and Control Act (GGIRCA) Bulletins contain important legal information that may be relevant for your emission report. Bulletins are published and amended regularly on the Bulletins, Legislation and Guidance webpage.

CIIP 2021 Benchmarks and Thresholds

CIIP Sector and NAICS Code Product Benchmark Threshold Units
Aluminum smelting
331313
Smelting: aluminum 1.87  Confidential* tCO2e/t aluminum
Bituminous Coal
212114
Mining: coal 0.063 0.132 tCO2e/t coal
Cement
327310
Cement equivalent 0.69 Confidential* tCO2e/t cement equivalent
Chemicals
325189
Chemicals: pure hydrogen peroxide 0.86 Confidential* tCO2e/t pure hydrogen peroxide
District Energy
221330
Delivered heat 0.065 Confidential* tCO2e /MWh delivered heat
Forged Steel Balls
331511
Forged Steel balls (<3.5” diameter) 0.080 Confidential* tCO2e/t steel balls
Forged Steel Balls
331511
Forged Steel balls (>4” diameter) 0.085 Confidential* tCO2e/t steel balls
Greenhouses
111419
Eligible plants – growing area 578 Confidential* tCO2e/hectare of eligible plants-growing area
Greenhouses
111412
Cannabis – growing area 707 In progress tCO2e/hectare of cannabis plants-growing area
Gypsum
327420
Gypsum wallboard 0.093 Confidential* tCO2e/1000 square feet of gypsum wallboard
Lead-Zinc Smelting
331410
Smelting: lead-zinc 1.27 Confidential* tCO2e/t lead-zinc
Lime
327410
Lime at 94.5% CaO and lime kiln dust 0.954 Confidential* tCO2e/t lime at 94.5% CaO and lime kiln dust
Metal Ore Mining
212220, 212233
Mining: copper equivalent, open pit 1.19 4.11 tCO2e/t copper equivalent
Metal Ore Mining
212220, 212233
Mining: copper equivalent, underground 1.31 Confidential* tCO2e/t copper equivalent
Metal Ore Mining
212220, 212233
Gold equivalent 4,501.1 6,430.1 tCO2e/t gold equivalent
Metal Ore Mining
212220, 212233
Silver equivalent 100.31 Confidential* tCO2e/t silver equivalent
Oil and Gas
211110, 486210
Processing sour gas – oil equivalent 0.0176 0.0848 tCO2e/m3OE production
Oil and Gas
211110, 486210
Processing sweet gas  – oil equivalent 0.0080 0.0848 tCO2e/m3OE production
Oil and Gas
211110, 486210
Oil and gas – compression, centrifugal 0.4784 0.8592 tCO2e/MWh consumed energy
Oil and Gas
211110, 486210
Oil and gas – compression, reciprocating 0.5292 0.8592 tCO2e/MWh consumed energy
Oil and Gas
211110, 486210
Compression, centrifugal energy consumed 0.4784 0.8592 tCO2e/MWh consumed energy
Oil and Gas
211110, 486210
Compression, reciprocating energy consumed 0.5292 0.8592 tCO2e/MWh consumed energy
Oil and Gas
211110, 486210
Upstream oil and gas: other 100% of incremental carbon tax N/A N/A
Petroleum Refineries ​324110 BC-specific refinery complexity throughput 0.00398 Confidential* tCO2e/BCRCT
Petroleum Products
412110
Decontaminated fuel In progress In progress tCO2e/1000 litres of decontaminated fuel
Pulp and Paper
322112
Pulp and paper: chemical pulp 0.0506 0.461 tCO2e/t chemical pulp
Pulp and Paper
322111
322121
322122
Pulp and paper: non-chemical pulp 0.0207 0.433 tCO2e/t non-chemical pulp
Rendering
311614
Rendering and meat processing: protein and fat 0.326 Confidential* tCO2e/t protein and fat
Steel Wire
331222
HDG-process (hot dip galvanization) steel wire 0.129 In progress tCO2e/t HDG-process steel wire
Sugar Refining
311310
Solid sugar 0.14 Confidential* tCO2e/t solid sugar
Sugar Refining
311310
Liquid sugar 0.15 Confidential* tCO2e/t solid sugar content
Wood Products
321111, 321112, 321212, 321216, 321999
Wood products: lumber 0.03 0.132 tCO2e/m3 lumber
Wood Products
321111, 321112, 321212, 321216, 321999
Wood products: plywood 0.07 Confidential* tCO2e/m3 plywood
Wood Products
321111, 321112, 321212, 321216, 321999
Wood products: veneer 0.03 Confidential* tCO2e/m3 veneer
Wood Products
321111, 321112, 321212, 321216, 321999
Wood products: wood pellets 0.132 Confidential* tCO2e/t wood pellets
Wood Products
321111, 321112, 321212, 321216, 321999
Wood products: wood chips 0.102 Confidential* tCO2e/m3 wood chips
Wood Products
321111, 321112, 321212, 321216, 321999
Wood products: medium density fibreboard 0.287 Confidential* tCO2e/m3 MDF

*Thresholds are confidential for sectors with few facilities to protect production information

CIIP 2021 Application Reporting Guidance Documents and Calculators

Sector Guidance Document (PDF) Calculator (XLSX)
General Application Reporting Guidance (for all sectors) Guidance (417KB) Incentive Estimator (226KB)
Aluminum Sector Guidance (456KB) Calculator (210KB)
Bituminous Coal Sector Guidance (430KB) Calculator (209KB)
Cement Sector Guidance (428KB) Calculator (210KB)
Chemical Sector (hydrogen peroxide) Guidance (429KB) Calculator (212KB)
District Energy Sector Guidance (426KB) Calculator (342KB)
Forged Steel Balls Sector Guidance (410KB) Calculator (209KB)
Greenhouses Sector Guidance (533KB) Calculator (216KB)
Gypsum Sector Guidance (407KB) Calculator (209KB)
Lead-Zinc Smelting Sector Guidance (429KB) Calculator (209KB)
Lime Sector Guidance (460KB) Calculator (211KB)
Metal Ore Mining Sector Guidance (486KB) Calculator (210KB)
Oil and Gas Sector Guidance (783KB) Calculator (350KB) 
Petroleum Refineries Sector Guidance (487KB)  Calculator (212KB)
Petroleum Products Sector Guidance (411KB) Calculator (209KB)
Pulp and Paper Sector Guidance (465KB) Calculator (214KB)
Rendering Sector Guidance (445KB) Calculator (210KB)
Steel Wire Sector Guidance (463KB) Calculator (211KB)
Sugar Refining Sector Guidance (467KB) Calculator (210KB)
Wood Products Sector Guidance (544KB) Calculator (223KB)