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Province Proposing Cleaner Low-Carbon Fuels

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Province Proposing Cleaner Low-Carbon Fuels

Ontario is proposing to make it easier for large industrial facilities to use cleaner low-carbon fuels to replace dirty coal, resulting in lower greenhouse gas emissions from their operations.

Steel mills and kiln operations for lime and cement would be allowed to replace coal with low-carbon fuels made from non-recyclable, non-hazardous wastes such as wood and plastics from composting operations and fuel made from biomass such as wood pulp.

Companies would need to get approval from the Ministry of the Environment for the use of these fuels.

By reducing coal use, these large industrial facilities would be able to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by five to 10 per cent, reducing the province's overall emissions by up to one per cent.

Making sound, sustainable decisions about the environment that support the economy is part of the government's economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow. The comprehensive plan and its six priorities focus on Ontario's greatest strengths -- its people and strategic partnerships.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is the first jurisdiction in North America to fully eliminate coal as a source of electricity generation.
  • The proposal has been posted online for a 45-day public comment period.
  • The proposal would affect up to 13 large industrial operations that are now the largest users of coal in Ontario since coal-fired electricity plants were shut down.
  • This change would help large industrial facilities stay competitive with other jurisdictions that allow the use of similar low-carbon fuel, such as Quebec and Michigan.
  • Public consultation would be mandatory before a plant could make a permanent or long-term switch to low-carbon fuels.
  • Municipalities could enact bylaws to restrict low-carbon fuel use.
  • Low-carbon fuel use will not count toward any waste recycling requirements under Ontario law.

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