CSA Standards & The Climate Registry announce joint support for consistent GHG emissions reporting in Canada



    TORONTO, Aug. 19 /CNW/ - CSA Standards, a leading standards-based
solutions organization, and The Climate Registry, the leading North American
greenhouse gas (GHG) registry, today announced a Memorandum of Understanding
(MoU) that more closely aligns the two organizations in their efforts to
support consistent GHG measurement and reporting in Canada.
    "This MoU highlights CSA Standards and The Climate Registry's mutual
purpose and common goal of building standardized methods for measuring and
tracking GHG emissions," says Suzanne Kiraly, President, CSA Standards.
"Continued collaboration between our two organizations will serve to further
these efforts and, in turn, benefit various organizations, including
governments and industries."
    CSA has been working with Canadian jurisdictions to build components that
support GHG reporting, regional emissions trading systems, and program
performance tracking. The Climate Registry operates the premier North American
voluntary GHG registry, with over 340 Members. Given its unique relationship
with the 12 Canadian provinces and territories and 41 states that sit on its
Board of Directors, The Climate Registry also plays an active role in
supporting mandatory reporting schemes across North America.
    "Our North American scope and relationships with provinces, territories
and states give us a strong platform from which to drive consistent reporting
and harmonization. By working together with CSA, we can better support
Canadian governments and industry as climate policy continues to evolve and
capturing high quality GHG emissions data becomes even more important - both
to regulators and to companies wanting to manage their risks, improve energy
efficiency, and demonstrate their leadership," says Alex Carr, Canadian
Regional Director, The Climate Registry.
    The MoU establishes a collaboration between The Climate Registry and CSA
to promote voluntary reporting to The Climate Registry, and the adoption of
The Climate Registry's platform for mandatory reporting among Canadian
jurisdictions.
    Additional objectives of the MoU include pursuing opportunities for
training and capacity building programs related to The Climate Registry, as
well as for general GHG accounting, verification, reporting and tracking
activities. It is also designed to facilitate the recognition of early
provincial action and leadership, as represented by Membership in The Climate
Registry, by federal climate change programs.
    On behalf of Canada, CSA Standards acted as the secretariat for the
development of new international ISO 14064 standards for GHG inventory and
reporting at the organization and project level, as well as standards
regarding validation verification of inventories and projects. CSA Standards
provides training and capacity building on GHG accounting, including the
requirements of The Climate Registry. In addition, CSA Standards offers
programs for the certification of GHG verifiers and soon will offer a
certification for GHG quantifiers.

    About The Climate Registry

    The Climate Registry is a nonprofit collaboration among North American
states, provinces, territories and Native Sovereign Nations that sets
consistent and transparent standards to calculate, verify and publicly report
greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions into a single registry. The Registry supports
both voluntary and mandatory reporting programs and provides comprehensive,
accurate data to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Members that join The
Climate Registry pledge to report their emissions inventories according to the
Registry's rigorous, comprehensive standards. These Members are part of a
powerful community of organizations working to achieve emissions reductions,
improve risk management preparation and advance environmental leadership with
an accurate and comprehensive account of their GHG emissions inventories.
    Please visit www.theclimateregistry.org

    About CSA Standards

    CSA Standards is a leading standards-based solutions organization serving
industry, government, consumers and other interested parties in North America
and the global marketplace. Focusing on standards and codes development,
application products, training, advisory and personnel certification services,
the organization aims to enhance public safety, improve quality of life,
preserve the environment and facilitate trade. CSA Standards is a division of
CSA Group, which also consists of CSA International, which provides testing
and certification services for electrical, mechanical, plumbing, gas and a
variety of other products; and OnSpeX, a provider of consumer product
evaluation, inspection and advisory services for retailers and manufacturers.
For more information visit www.csa.ca
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For further information:

For further information: Anthony Toderian, Manager, Media Relations, CSA
Group, (416) 747-2620 or anthony.toderian@csagroup.org; Jennifer Weiss,
Communications Director, The Climate Registry, (213) 891-6934 or
jennifer@theclimateregistry.org

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