On January 1, 2019, facilities emitting 50,000 tonnes or more of greenhouse gas emissions annually in New Brunswick became subject to the Federal Output-Based Pricing System (the “Federal OBPS”). Since that date, the Government of New Brunswick has been working to implement a provincial system as an alternative to the federal system that reflects the unique nature of New Brunswick’s industry and economy while simultaneously reducing provincial greenhouse gas emissions.
In June 2019, the provincial government released Holding Large Emitters Accountable: New Brunswick’s Output-Based Pricing System for public consultation. The policy document highlighted the proposed provincial carbon pricing approach with a month-long public review and comment period.
The New Brunswick Output-Based Pricing System (the “NB OBPS”) was approved in principle by the federal government in September 2020. In November 2020, an amendment to the Climate Change Act was introduced in the legislature to facilitate the transition from the federal system to the provincial system.
In April 2021, the federal government announced that industry in the province will transition to the NB OBPS with an effective date retroactive to January 1, 2021. Following this announcement, in June 2021, the Government of New Brunswick published the Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Regulation (the “Regulation”) under the Climate Change Act to provide detailed requirements and supporting information for the NB OBPS.
To further support the Climate Change Act and build on NB OBPS technical requirements under the Regulation, the Government of New Brunswick has drafted The Reporting and Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standard (the “Standard”). The public review and comment period for the proposed Standard runs from October 8th to November 5th, 2021. Comments on the proposal can be sent to NBOBPS-STFRNB@gnb.ca.