• What is National Ecocredit ?

National Ecocredit has specialized in quantifying and trading in the carbon market since 2005. This is one of the most important quantifiers and traders of carbon credits in Canada. The company also innovates by offering to market other types of environmental attributes associated with energy efficiency, reducing the consumption of drinking water and the protection of biodiversity.

  • Why should I measure my emissions?

Measuring your greenhouse gas emissions provides a more complete picture of your carbon footprint. The calculation process can uncover opportunities to save money compared to your GHG emissions through the implementation of projects.

  • What are the greenhouse gases considered in the carbon market?

GHGs included in the carbon market are:

–          Le dioxyde de carbone

–          Le méthane

–          Les oxydes nitreux

–          Les hydrofluorocarbures

–          L’hydrocarbure per fluoré

–          L’hexafluorure de soufre

  • What is the difference between a carbon assessment and quantification of GHG reductions?

A carbon footprint is an inventory of a company’s GHG emissions. The term “carbon footprint” refers to the quantification of GHG emissions. This activity is often referred to as a “carbon footprint”.

Quantification of GHG emission reductions considers the footprint before and after the implementation of a project. Consequently, it is possible to know the positive impact of the project in respect to GHG emissions. This activity is the first of three steps leading to the creation of carbon credits.

  •  What plans are in place that can be recovered in the carbon market?

The projects can be valued on the carbon market are those that reduce GHG emissions and were implanted voluntarily. It may be, for example, projects for the management of residual materials, forestry, energy consumption in buildings, reducing the use of fossil fuel in the transport sector, agricultural production low-emission and renewable energy production.

  • What are the data requirements for a project?

To complete the quantification, we need information about the project you have in place. Generally, we will ask the consumption information. For example, for an energy efficiency project, we will ask you for your records energy consumption (bills) before and after the project. 

  • Who are the auditors of a project?

When quantification is performed, you must register carbon credits in a recognized public register. The creation of a carbon credit is subject to an audit by an external auditor, as during a financial audit: they are generally accounting firms or consultancy conducting the audit. 

  • What evidence is there to provide the auditor?

The auditor performs an audit: it will ask for different evidence to verify the information in the report of quantification. It is therefore the same as you have provided to us (for example, your meter readings). 

  • What is the difference between a registry and a program of GHGs?

A registyr of a GHG program is a type of carbon credit. The most widely used in Canada is the CSA register, which is carried out according to the ISO program. 

  • What are the benefits of reducing emissions?

The experts team of National Ecocreditworks with organizations that have implemented reduction measures. These reductions, when quantified and certified, can be sold on the carbon market and provide financial gain to the company. 

  • Am I right to say that I am “carbon” or “carbon zero”?

Theoretically, no, companies have bought the rights to this word, it is therefore a trademark. It corresponds to “branding”. If you buy carbon credits, you can say that you offset your carbon emissions. 

  •  Who buys écocredits?

Many peopletend to believethat organizationsthat purchaseEcocreditsarebig polluters. Instead,the voluntary market, organizations making suchenvironmental expendituresare thosethat have builta strongenvironment component into theirbusiness plans.However, although they have implementedmany projectsto reduce(eg, energy efficiency program, optimize the management oftheir waste), they continue to have an environmental impact(eg, lighting and heating buildings). So that theirimpactis zero, they will thentry tocalculate theirfootprint andbuyEcocreditsto offsettheirimpact. 

  •  What are the costs associated with a term of quantification?

Before proposing a service offering, National Ecocredit carries a free estimate of your cuts. This allows us to assess whether you have the benefits to go to the carbon market. When we consider that the stage of quantification (the cost of our report and the Auditor) will be higher than the benefits that you can get in the carbon market, we prefer not to offer you service.

  • What is the price of a carbon credit?

The price depends on several factors: type of project, implementation year, sold vintage, location of the project, co-benefit fungibility in regulation. In short, there is no single price. We invite you to contact us for the value that could be offered for a project like yours.

  • What is the difference between the voluntary market and the regulated market?

These two markets can coexist, because they do not target the same type of players. A regulated market is established by a court which regulates emissions allowances while a voluntary market is not subject to any law or regulation, in addition to the rules of trading practice, and simply the principle of the supply and demand governs the market.

  • What are the issuers of the SPEDE?

Since 1 January 2013, about 75 operators of industries and energy production with annual GHG emissions equal or exceed the annual threshold of 25,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per institution are subject to SPEDE. In 2015, the SPEDE also consider business operators who distribute in Quebec or import fuels whose annual GHG emissions attributable to the combustion meet or exceed the annual threshold of 25,000 tonnes of C02 equivalent. 

  •  Qui peut participer au SPEDE ?

Il y a deux catégories de participants

1-            Les émetteurs assujettis :

Tel que défini à l’article 2 du Règlement : «est un émetteur toute personne ou municipalité exploitant une entreprise dans un secteur d’activité visé à l’annexe A du Règlement et déclarant pour un établissement ou, le cas échéant, l’entreprise, conformément au Règlement sur la déclaration obligatoire de certaines émissions de contaminants dans l’atmosphère des émissions annuelles de gaz à effet de serre dans une quantité égale ou supérieure à 25 000 tonnes métriques en équivalent CO2, en excluant certaines émissions telles que visées au Règlement.

2-            Les participants :

Toute personne physique ou morale ayant son domicile au Canada ou y ayant un établissement peut s’inscrire volontairement à titre de participant au système.

  • Pourquoi le Québec s’est engagé dans le SPEDE ?

Pour le Québec, le système de plafonnement et d’échange de droits d’émission de gaz à effet de serre (SPEDE) constitue l’outil central de la stratégie du gouvernement du Québec dans la lutte contre les changements climatiques et il finance le Plan d’action sur les changements climatiques 2013-2020.

  • Quelle est la législation au Canada par rapport au carbone ?

– Au niveau fédéral

Le gouvernement du Canada a établi comme objectif une réduction de 17 % des émissions totales de gaz à effet de serre au pays, par rapport aux niveaux de 2005, d’ici 2020 avec une approche sectorielle harmonisée avec les États-Unis lorsque cela est approprié.

Des règlements sur les gaz à effet de serre ont été adoptés dans les secteurs du transport et de l’électricité qui sont deux des plus importants contributeurs aux gaz à effet de serre.

Cependant, aucune loi ou règlement n’existe au niveau fédéral portant de façon spécifique sur une taxe du carbone ou un système de plafonnement.

Il est à noter qu’en 2009, le gouvernement Harper annonçait la mise en place d’un système nord-américain de plafonnement et d’échanges de droits d’émission de gaz à effet de serre, mais le ministre John Baird a déclaré, en 2010 qu’un tel système ne verra pas le jour sous un gouvernement conservateur.

– En Alberta

L’Alberta a été la première province à développer une législation régulant les émissions de gaz à effet de serre qui exige que les grands émetteurs industriels rapportent leurs émissions et prendre des mesures pour réduire leurs émissions. Le programme établit aussi un prix au carbone et régit le système de crédits de carbone provenant de projets implantés au Canada.

– En Colombie Britannique

Une taxe du carbone existe depuis 2008 et la Colombie-Britannique s’est engagée à réduire leurs émissions de gaz à effet de serre de 33% d’ici 2020. La taxe du carbone constitue donc une bonne façon d’atteindre cet objectif.

– Au Québec

Au Québec, un système de plafonnement et d’échange de droits d’émissions de gaz à effet de serre est en fonction depuis 2013

  • What are the benefits and risks of Quebec to deal with California?

There are opportunities especially for Quebec. In fact, California is a state with massive use of fossil fuels and with a population four times larger than Quebec, the need for emission rights will be much greater in California than in Quebec.