Greenhouse Gas Legislation Expands to Saskatchewan

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The Government of Saskatchewan introduced The Management and Reduction of Greenhouse Gases Act (MRGA) in the provincial legislature on May 11, 2009. This pending new legislation will establish a made-in-Saskatchewan plan for reducing greenhouse gas emissions to meet provincial targets and promote investments in low-carbon technologies. The MRGA is slated to pass third 

reading and be passed into law during the the fall of 2009.

As a result, Saskatchewan could become the second regulated jurisdiction in North America for Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emission reductions. Agri-Trend has been involved with the very first
jurisdiction (Alberta) since its inception in July of 2007. Agri-Trend Aggregation Inc. (ATAI) has been very involved in the entire process from an Agricultural perspective from the very beginning within the Agricultural Protocols - but mainly on Tillage Management. We have been solicited for our input at every level from the most senior levels of Alberta Environment and Alberta Agriculture to the most progressive producers in Alberta. We have transacted numerous times involving large volumes of tonnes to many of the most highly respected Corporations in
Canada.

We have been working with Alberta producers since the Alberta Regulations came into effect in 2007. Thus far, we have provided Carbon Aggregation services to many of the most progressive
farms in the province. This represents in excess of 3 million acres generating over 400,000 tonnes of compliant quality Carbon Offset tonnes which returned approximately $4 million to our
clients. All that is fine…….but what does this mean to a Saskatchewan producer? It means that we have a lot of experience when it comes to working with our producer clients as well as the
Regulator in the area of Carbon Offsets/Credits. Our experience tells us:

  • that we should not be approaching Saskatchewan producers asking them to make commitments to our Company or any other when we do not yet have all the rules in place.
  • that we need to insure that our Database Platform will accept information as prescribed by Sask. Environment and the Attorney-General of Saskatchewan.
  • that we should approach our clients armed with correct, concise, transparent rules and offer full disclosure of our system in the short and long term according to the laws of Saskatchewan.
  • that we need to be prepared to market your carbon offsets to leading Corporations who recognize that an ATAI Carbon Offset is a “gold standard” Offset that has a premium value.
  • that it is important that we are a founding member and signatory to the Carbon Offset Trade Assoc. (COTA) Code of Conduct and Standards as sanctioned by the Alberta Government.

We have had meetings with senior officials within Sask. Environment and Sask. Agriculture in preparation for our entry into the Saskatchewan GHG industry. We have been informed that it
will be at least the latter part of October before the MRGA will achieve third and final reading and ultimately passage. Subsequent to the passage of the legislation, we will receive the Protocols (Rules) for generation of Ag Offsets and finally, the “clearing house” for transfer of ownership will be established.

As you will now understand, we think it is important that our existing and potential Saskatchewan clients wait for the facts prior to making commitments over a fax machine to entities who cannot possibly describe what the system is going to look like! Give us a call at ATAI or call any of our Saskatchewan Agri-Coaches or Retail Support partners across the province. Stay
tuned!

Bill Dorgan, President
Agri-Trend Aggregation Inc.
p. 403.608.0992
e. bdorgan@atai.ca
www.atai.ca

About the Author
Bill Dorgan

Dorgan is President of Agri-Trend Aggregation Inc. He has held a number of key positions in the agricultural industry, most recently as Vice President of PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc. Advisory Services, with extensive senior management experience in sales, marketing, business development and finance in the agricultural sector.

He has also been Vice President of Canada’s largest agricultural co-operative, overseeing the largest agricultural retail supply networks in Canada, with P & L responsibility for sales in excess of $400 Million. 

Dorgan can be reached at bdorgan@agritrend.com 

 


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