Canadian Standards Association to assist Government of Manitoba in greenhouse gas emission reporting

    TORONTO, April 23 /CNW/ - Canadian Standards Association (CSA), a leading
developer of standards and codes, today announced it will be collaborating
with the Province of Manitoba and the Canadian Climate Exchange in designing
market based solutions to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Manitoba
and beyond its borders. The government of Manitoba has announced it will
become the first province to legislate provincial GHG emission-reduction
    "CSA is committed to developing climate change standards that help
manage, reduce, monitor, report and measure GHG emissions," said Pat Keindel,
President, Standards, Canadian Standards Association. "CSA welcomes the
opportunity to share its extensive expertise with the Province of Manitoba and
the Canadian Climate Exchange in the conceptual design of innovative
solutions, including web-based portals which facilitate the public reporting
of GHG inventories and emission reducing projects, such as CSA's GHG
    Under the agreement, each organization brings unique expertise to the
collaborative effort. The three parties will work together to propose a
variety of possible solutions for the exchange of information to help
proponents develop and showcase GHG emission reducing projects. They will also
work to address the demand for verified GHG credits from organizations wishing
to reduce their GHG footprint. The three parties will examine the development
of market-based solutions designed to provide a price signal and financial
incentive for emissions reductions.
    On behalf of the Standards Council of Canada, CSA acts as the secretariat
for the development of new ISO 14064 standards for GHG inventory and reporting
at the organization and project level, as well as standards regarding
validation verification and accreditation of inventories and projects. In
2005, CSA acquired the assets of the Voluntary Challenge Registry. CSA offers
web-based registries to showcase voluntary emission reducing projects as well
as GHG inventories at the organization level.
    The Canadian Climate Exchange (CCE) was created in 2003, as a sister
company to the Winnipeg Commodity exchange to develop a marketplace for GHG
emissions trading. CCE has full access to the resources of the Winnipeg
Commodity Exchange, the only commodity derivatives exchange in Canada.

    About CSA

    Canadian Standards Association (CSA) is a membership association serving
industry, government, consumers and other interested parties in Canada and the
global marketplace. A leading developer of standards and codes, CSA aims to
enhance public safety, improve quality of life, preserve the environment and
facilitate trade. To help people understand and apply standards, CSA offers
information products and training. The Canadian Standards Association is a
division of CSA Group, which also consists of CSA International for product
testing and certification, OnSpeX for consumer product evaluation services,
and QMI for management systems registration. For more information visit

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For further information: Anthony Toderian, Senior Media Relations
Officer, CSA Group, T: (416) 747-2620, E:

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