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Regulatory Bulletin, September 2023

Canada Commits to Methane Emissions Reduction

In September, the spotlight was on efforts to reduce methane emissions, particularly with an announcement made at the 78th UN General Assembly. Canada pledged to surpass its methane emission reduction target in the oil and gas sector, aiming for a reduction of at least 75% from 2012 levels by 2030. However, this commitment raised concerns from the Alberta Minister of Environment and Protected Areas, who questioned the constitutionality of such a policy that could significantly impact the oil and gas industry without sufficient consultation.

Furthermore, the Government of Canada took proactive steps by allocating funds for the implementation of automation systems and monitoring technologies aimed at curbing methane emissions in Canadian landfills.

In addition to these developments, this update encompasses important changes to Directive 020: Well Abandonment and Directive 071: Emergency Preparedness and Response, as issued by the Alberta Energy Regulator.

Download the full document for further information on climate action initiatives and policy updates from across Canada.

About: This bulletin highlights the regulatory changes and updates within the energy and natural resource sectors in North America that the Integrated Sustainability team has been tracking through September 2023.


  • 78th UN General Assembly and Canada’s Methane Reduction Targets
  • Government of Canada Funds Pilot Technology for Methane Reduction in Landfills
  • CER Approves Trans Mountain’s Route Deviation Application
  • Canada Announces Funding for Flood Mapping
  • CER Releases Market Snapshot


  • Update to Directive 020: Well Abandonment
  • Emergency Management Planning
  • ACO Quarterly Bulletin
  • Small-Scale and Remote (SSR) Carbon Sequestration Tenure
  • Funding to Study Small Modular Reactors

British Columbia

  • Coastal Gaslink Fined
  • BCER Fluid Data Available Digitally
  • First Nations Mineral Tenure Claims

Feature Report

  • Water Act Licence Annual Reports

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