Canada Introduces Agenda on VOC Emissions
The Canadian government recently released a consultation document that proposes a renewal of the “Federal Agenda on the Reduction of Emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds from Consumer and Commercial Products.”
This is the first step in informing stakeholders of place to develop specific measures to further reduce VOC emissions over the 2021-28 period.
“The approach will be to align, where possible, with requirements in place in key U.S. jurisdictions, which will contribute to a level playing field, provide regulatory certainty for business, and benefit human health and the environment,” according to the document.
Among the proposed measures and products in the agenda, there are aims to reduce VOCs in architectural coatings, automotive refinishing products, commercial and industrial adhesives and sealants, and printing.
Additionally, Environment and Climate Change Canada will conduct a study to evaluate and reassess potential emissions reductions from aerosol coatings.
The government is accepting comments until April 8.
According to the American Coatings Association, the Canadian Paint and Coatings Association will be gathering more data and will be making submissions, meeting with federal officials and engaging with a range of industry stakeholders on the EEEC report and new VOC limits for many of the 54 architectural coatings categories in Canada based on the California Air Resources Board 2019 Suggested Control Measure.
In the Past
Similar regulations have been in place for some time. In February 2013, Canada published “Revisions to the Proposed Volatile Organic Compound Concentration Limits for Certain Products Regulations.”
The limits at that time would extend to some automotive coatings and paint-removal products; products to remove traffic paint; adhesive removers used as paint strippers; and some sealing and caulking compounds.
At the time, officials said that it was required to act on VOC emissions in order to improve Canada's air quality and that it plans to align its new rules with those of the U.S. “where possible.”
“The proposed regulations could help to provide a 'level playing field' for manufacturers and importers of certain products,” according to Environment Canada.
“A regulatory approach provides assurance, for the purposes of business decision making, that all manufacturers and importers must meet the same requirements for the products to be regulated.”