Who Can Participate?

Any organization that conducts a Richmond based project, which is beyond business as usual and results in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions (50 tonnes per year minimum), could qualify for this pilot program and funding.  Complete the pre-assessment form to potentially access support funding for your project!


Frequently Asked Questions

  • The City of Richmond is continually looking for ways to help facilitate the reduction of GHG emissions in the community, and would like to support the development and delivery of community GHG emission reductions through this program. In accordance with Provincial Option 1 and Option 2 project reporting frameworks, the City of Richmond is able to invest in GHG emissions reduction credits associated with community projects, and have these credits transferred to the City to offset its own corporate emissions and help maintain its carbon neutral status.
  • The City is looking for GHG emissions reduction project plans from businesses, non-profit groups, organizations or individuals that are within the City of Richmond limits.
  • Any potential participant in this program will need to demonstrate that they are duly authorized to complete the project at the identified location or for the identified organization, and has not disposed of or sold the associated GHG emissions reduction credits to any other party, nor entered into any other other agreement by which the potential participant is obligated to sell or transfer the GHG emissions reduction credits.
  1. Through the City’s Notice of Opportunity process (reference document here); the City is requesting that project plans and respondent information be submitted through the online submission form or by hard copy before September 1 to be eligible for program funding in the following year.
  2. Once submissions have been evaluated and costs for a full project assessment have been estimated, a report to Council will be produced with a shortlist of projects for Council’s consideration.
  3. It is anticipated that a decision on which, if any, projects the City will support will be made annually near the beginning of the calendar year.
The successful Respondent(s) need to demonstrate that the submitted projects meet the following criteria:
  1. The project(s) is conducted in the City
  2. The Respondent is duly authorized to complete the project at the identified location or for the identified organization, and has not disposed of or sold the associated GHG emissions reduction credits to any other party, nor entered into any other agreement by which the Respondent is obligated to sell or transfer the GHG emissions reduction credits to another party.
  3. Theproject(s) will result in GHG emissions reductions as compared to the organizations/location baseline emissions
  4. The project(s) is outside the scope of what typically would be considered a traditional BC municipality service
  5. The project(s) is economically and technically feasible
  6. The project(s) supports a City non-profit organization, business, and/or resident through increased energy efficiency and reduce energy related operating costs
  7. The project(s) demonstrate other positive community benefits, including but not limited to; increased or maintained Richmond based employment opportunities, reduced resource use, reduced operating and/or maintenance costs for Richmond based affordable housing associations or societies, and enhanced and/or conserved Richmond “greenspace.”
  8. At a minimum the project(s) will need to be able to achieve approximately 50 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) reduction annually, as compared to baseline operating conditions.  If the emission reduction project has already been completed, the project will need to have been completed after January 1, 2012.
  9. The project(s) need to be beyond “business as usual” replacements and need to pass at a minimum the first Legal and Regulatory additionality test below, followed by one of the three remaining additionality tests (2-4). The evaluation of whether or not a project passes the additionality tests will be done on a case by case basis.
  • Legal and Regulatory Test -A project can only be considered additional if it is not required to fulfil official policies, regulations, or industry standards
  • Financial Test - A project can only be considered additional if it is not profitable without revenue from carbon offsets
  • Barriers Test - A project can only be considered additional if there are barriers, such as local resistance, lack of know-how, institutional barriers, etc, that prevent its being implemented regardless of its profitability
  • Common Practice Test - A project can only be considered additional if it employs technologies or practices that are not already in common use
The Province has defined six areas that are considered to a Traditional Municipal Service Ares;
  1. Administration and governance (e.g. operation of City Hall);
  2. Drinking, storm, and waste water operations (e.g. operation of drainage pumps);
  3. Solid waste collection, transportation, and diversion (e.g. refuse and recyclables collection);
  4. Roads and traffic operation (e.g. maintenance work on roadways);
  5. Arts, recreation, parks, and cultural services (e.g. recreational pool operation);and,
  6. Fire protection (e.g. fleet fuel use by the fire department).
  • Utilizing internationally recognized classifications, the Province has defined the types of gases that are classified as greenhouse gases.
  • There are six different compounds (listed below), which are measured for their global warming potential (GWP) in comparison to carbon dioxide (CO2).  This allows for GHG emissions to be measured consistently as CO2 equivalent (CO2e).
  1. carbon dioxide (CO2);
  2. methane (CH4);
  3. nitrous oxide (N2O);
  4. sulphur hexafluoride (SF6);
  5. perfluorocarbons (PFCs); and
  6. hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)
  • Depending on the type of project, differing levels of documentation rigour and assessment are required.  Typically documentation will include, but is not limited to, project scope and cost proposal, energy and GHG emissions savings estimates, invoices, and energy utility billing information.
  • The cost of the project assessment will be determined on a case by case basis, and will be dependent on the type and complexity of the project.
  • The cost of the assessment will be offset by the expected GHG emissions reduction credit revenue, to ensure that the program is financial viable for the participant.
  • The City is looking to support projects that not only maximize the community benefits of reduced GHG emission, but also have other benefits that support the economic, social, and environmental well-being of the community.
  • The following projects are defined as Option 1 projects by the Province and require the least amount of documentation and assessment rigour, and therefore are the easiest to implement and support from the City’s perspective
  1. Energy efficient building retrofits and fuel switching;
  2. Installation of solar thermal panels for the displacement of natural gas use;
  3. Organic waste diversion/composting;
  4. Low emission vehicles switching;
  5. Avoided forest conversion
  • Custom GHG emissions reduction projects that are not listed in the above prescribed options, may still be able undergo a full project assessment and qualify for support funding, but will require greater documentation rigour.
  • Depending on the type of projects and the available documentation detailing the GHG emissions reduction actions, the City will be committing up to approximately $25 a ton of CO2e for projects that fully meet the City’s criteria.
  • Typically a yearly re-assessment of the GHG emissions reduction is required.  The complexity and documentation rigour of a yearly re-assessment of the associated GHG emissions reduction credits will be determined on a case by case basis.
  • To enable a custom project to be financially viable, i.e. the cost of the assessment is less than the support funding, GHG emission reduction projects will need to be of a certain size.
  • At the approximate limit of $25 a ton of GHG emissions, and with the full project assessment and verification costs between $1,000 to $2,000, projects will need to reduce GHG emissions by at least 50 tonnes.
  • At present the City is looking to only support projects that occur within the City of Richmond.  If however if a City of Richmond business has the opportunity to quantify verifiable GHG emissions reduction credits through its business practices or operations that occur outside the City, this may be acceptable and the project or practice may be able to qualify for support funding.
  • The main criteria for selling the quantified GHG emissions reduction credits is that the participant is duly authorized to complete the project at the identified location, and has not sold or agreed to sell the credits to another party.  This will be determined on a case by case basis, and in some cases being the owner of a facility or building may not be necessary.
  • Projects completed after January 1, 2012 may be able to qualify for support funding as long as they fully meet the project criteria, and have adequate documentation to allow for an assessment and verification to be completed.
No private information or data will be shared with a public party without the expressed written consent of the participant.
Complete the online project pre-assessment form here. Register Now!
  • The City will evaluate the submissions and will contact the respondents if further information or more detail is needed.
  • Once all the submissions have been clarified and evaluated, and cost estimates are determined, the City will select a shortlist of projects that meet the stated objectives of the pilot program and will present this list to Council for consideration.
  • If selected to for this program, support funding documentation will be prepared and/or agreements will be drafted to enable the City to purchase the GHG emissions reduction credits.
Contact the City of Richmond’s Purchasing Department purchasing@richmond.ca, attention Julia Turick