The Government of Ontario has revised its regulations relating to reducing coal use in energy-intensive industries. The changes allow those industries, such as cement, lime, iron and steel, to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by switching from coal and coke to alternative low-carbon fuels, including biomass and non-recyclable residual waste. Facilities seeking to take advantage of this switch will no longer need to obtain approval to operate as a “waste disposal site,” but do still need to meet Ontario’s standards for air emissions and wastewater discharges. The regulations come into force on May 1, 2015.
Pollution Probe produced and submitted a report to express its views on the proposed changes to the regulations. The report’s findings were shaped by Pollution Probe’s research in partnership with Lafarge Canada on its low-carbon fuels demonstration project in Bath, Ontario.