New fuel regulation posted on Environmental Bill of Rights Registry for consultation
OTTAWA, Dec. 4, 2014 /CNW/ - The Cement Association of Canada (CAC) congratulates Premier Wynne and Minister Murray for proposing new regulations to help Ontario's energy-intensive industries reduce their reliance on coal and their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
By 2020, the CAC projects that this simple regulatory change will lead to an annual reduction of up to 400,000 tonnes of direct CO2 emissions in Ontario while also enhancing the competitiveness of Ontario's economy.
"It's a major step forward in reaching Ontario's GHG reduction goals and a strong sign that the Ontario government is serious about its commitment to climate leadership," says CAC President and CEO Michael McSweeney. "This move will also bring Ontario into alignment with leading jurisdictions in Europe and other parts of the world, where fuel substitution in cement manufacturing has been well established for decades."
The proposed regulation will be posted on the Environmental Bill of Rights Registry (EBR) for 60 days and the CAC encourages the public to review the proposal. While the proposal enjoys the support of many environmental and health groups, there remain some misconceptions. "Some people have this idea that we want to burn recyclables," says Adam Auer, Director of Sustainability with the CAC. "We have no interest in these materials. To qualify as an alternative fuel, a potential fuel source must be non-recyclable and exist outside diversion and recycling programs, it must meet a low-carbon standard and it must not impact a facility's ability to meet strict air emission limits."
International experience overwhelmingly shows that fuel substitution significantly reduces CO2, maintains or improves other emissions, and promotes a robust collection, sorting and recycling system consistent with class-leading waste reduction goals. It is a win-win for the province of Ontario.
The Cement Association of Canada (CAC) represents the Canadian cement industry, and strives to maintain a sustainable industry as well as promote and advance the economic, environmental and societal benefits of building with cement and concrete.
SOURCE: Cement Association of Canada
For further information: Lyse Teasdale, Director, Communications, Cement Association of Canada, [email protected], C: 613-809-0517, www.cement.ca ; Adam J. Auer, Director, Sustainability & Stakeholder Relations, Cement Association of Canada, [email protected], T: 613-236-9471, ext. 204, www.cement.ca