The Alberta Carbon Registries are currently experiencing high volumes of transaction requests.
As outlined in the Standard for Completing Greenhouse Gas Compliance and Forecasting Reports, the Alberta Emissions Offset Registry processing times are generally 10 business days; however, longer processing times during busy periods can be expected. As your request is being received outside of the 10 business-day window before the end of the compliance year, the registry cannot guarantee that processing requests will be completed before the compliance deadline.
Welcome to the Alberta Emissions Offset Registry operated by CSA Group, in partnership with the Government of Alberta.
The purchase of Alberta- based emission offsets is one of the four compliance options for regulated entities under the Specified Gas Emitters Regulation (the 'Regulation') in Alberta. An emission offset represents a one-tonne reduction or removal in greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions from an independently verified GHG project. Carbon offset projects range in scope and involves implementation of a new management practice, technology and/or control systems that reduce or remove emissions of a given process. GHG projects listed on the AEOR are real and quantifiable reductions of emissions, and are verified by an independent third party. Under the Alberta system the following terms are synonymous: 'emission offsets' and 'offsets'. To date (November 2014), over 33 million emission offsets have been created and serialized in Alberta.
To generate emission offsets in the Alberta offset market, facilities and sectors that are not subject to the Regulation ('Project Developers'), reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions according to a government approved protocol, and meet the requirements of section 7 of the Regulation. Project Developers then register their projects on the CSA Group AEOR and serialize their carbon reductions before the emission offsets are used as a compliance option by a regulated facility.
Registered projects listed on the AEOR must contain the required documentation, which includes: a third party verified project plan and project report, a verification report, and a greenhouse gas assertion. Registered projects are then able to be issued unique serial numbers assigned to emission offsets allocated to a registered project. These documents are posted publically on the registry.
The CSA Group AEOR provides the infrastructure and public transparency for projects registered to generate Alberta emission offsets. For more information about CSA Group's GHG Registries, please click here.
How to use the Alberta Emissions Offset Registry
For Project Developers, in order to create a new project, or modify an existing project, the AEOR requires specific forms and documents to be submitted to CSA Group prior to processing. For user instructions, please click below.