Did you know that the Federal Greenhouse Gas Offset Credit System is among several measures that Canada is taking to reduce domestic greenhouse gas emissions by 40 to 45 percent below 2005 levels by 2030? This plan delivers on a commitment in Canada’s 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan to reduce domestic emissions below the 2005 levels. These new Offset Credits include ice rinks, food processing plants, shopping centres, office buildings, industrial parks, retail grocery stores, and cold storage warehouses that incorporate Commercial/Industrial Refrigeration and A/C Systems.
In a recent media release, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change said, “You need ice to play Canada’s national sport, giving hockey a direct connection to tackling climate change. Indoor hockey rinks can help the environment by using more climate-friendly refrigerants to keep their ice frozen. The new Greenhouse Gas Offset System for refrigerants encourages all sorts of companies to upgrade their refrigeration and air-conditioning systems to ones that are better for the environment, while rewarding them with a tradeable credit in the process.”
Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Refrigeration Systems, Version 1.0 Protocol
The RGGERS Protocol is the second federal offset protocol under Canada’s Greenhouse Gas Offset Credit System. In this protocol, businesses receive incentive to change to refrigeration and air-conditioning systems that use updated refrigerants that lower Global Warming Potentials, like CO2 refrigeration systems or ammonia-glycol hybrid systems. Refrigeration systems deemed eligible include centralized refrigeration, commercial air-conditioning, chillers, condensing units, and heat pumps. There are two options for being in compliance with this protocol:
- Retrofitting a pre-existing refrigeration or air conditioning system to use an eligible refrigerant; or,
- Installing a new refrigeration or air conditioning system containing an eligible refrigerant.
Federal Greenhouse Gas Offset Credits
When a business upgrades or replaces a refrigeration or air-conditioning system, they may be eligible to earn a credit. Federal Greenhouse Gas Offset Credits represent one tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), or CO2 emissions, being reduced or removed from the atmosphere and can be used by facilities to voluntary emission reduction objectives or net-zero commitments. Earned credits can be sold to other companies and businesses who will use them to meet the voluntary emission reduction targets, or net-zero commitments.
Hydro-Flo Plumbing & Heating
If your business is ready to transition to a green building with a trusted choice in Commercial HVAC services and is seeking a reliable HVAC company, contact Hydro-Flo Plumbing & Heating for the installation of an A/C system that will qualify for offset credits. We specialize in HVAC installation and HVAC services. Serving our community since 2006, you can trust our trained and certified technicians for a quality install that you can enjoy for years. We specialize in a variety of units for both home and business owners. If you are seeking an energy efficient AC that qualifies for the Federal Greenhouse Gas Offset Credits call us at 780-203-2230 or contact us today!
For additional information about the Federal Greenhouse Gas Offset Credits, visit canada.ca.