EBR Registry Number 012-1559: Reducing Coal Use in Energy-Intensive Industries
The Ontario Ministry of the Environment requested feedback on its proposal, Reducing Coal Use in Energy Intensive Industries, which plans to allow energy intensive industries and trade-exposed manufacturing industries (such as cement, lime, iron, and steel sectors) to take advantage of opportunities to reduce the use of coal and petroleum coke by substituting them with alternative, low carbon fuels such as biomass (corn stover); and non-recyclable, non-hazardous residual waste.
In short, while RCO understands and supports the environmental benefits of reducing coal as a fuel, we have concerns surrounding the Government of Ontario facilitating the use of non-recyclable materials as fuel substitutes. Before moving forward on the proposal, significant consultations with affected parties, as well as more background details are required.
Read our full response (PDF, 6 pgs, 436KB).