Organizers of the CANECT 2019 “Managing Industrial Air Emissions” course have put together this overview of what was discussed in the session. For more information read the course agenda.
Managing Environmental Risks & Liabilities
We live in a litigious world. As an industrial facility, you need to know your environmental risk and liabilities. Are you building due diligence into your corporate culture? Have you considered environmental liability protection? The Ministry has been and continues to cast a wider net and fines are being given to Directors, not just the company. Examples of simple things you can do as an industrial facility to reduce the chance of a lawsuit include:
- Knowing your neighbours, actively participating in your community, and getting to know your regulators.
- Understand and track land use planning changes.
- Communicate environmental and economic.
Air Quality Nuisance – Odour, Dust, and Noise
Do you have complaints on nuisance issues (odour, dust, noise)? Are you logging the details of the complaints and looking at ways to minimize them? Best Management Practice Plans or BMPP, is one method to help reduce complaints of odour or dust. Reducing noise levels requires more detailed studies and source measurements.
MECP – What’s new and next?
Changes at the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) are coming in the near future. There will be an electronic compliance approval system or ECA refresh coming in the future. The Ministry demonstrated their new emission summary tool in the EASR system. These data will be used to better understand emissions across the province. They also commented there may be changes to the NAICS list of those required to submit ECA applications rather than EASRs (increased number of NAICS codes).
Greenhouse gas (GHG) regulations have changed over the past year and might change again depending on who wins the Federal election in the Fall. Canada has released their Output Based Pricing System (OBPS), which is retroactively enforceable to January 1st, 2019. This system is in effect in backstop jurisdictions which include provinces and territories that do not have a sufficient carbon policy of their own. Ontario’s Cap and Trade program is being phased out, but participants are still required to report; those who voluntarily opted in no longer need to verify, but mandatory participants do. Ontario is proposing their own Emission Performance Standard (EPS) so that they are not required to participate in OBPS.
CSR Drivers: Stewardship & GHG Reductions
Ontario is moving to a circular economy. The Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA), formerly Waste Diversion Ontario, is pushing to divert waste from landfills and manufacturers are responsible for their own waste. Many changes are coming in 2019-2022. Are you ready? Get ahead of the game and contact RWDI if you want additional information or attend our webinar: https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/2085517770251179778
Greenhouse Gas Reduction Technologies and Cleantech
Cleantech in Canada is moving. Many large industries are partnering with other large industries to turn their wastes into products with the added benefit of reducing costs and emissions. In order to stay ahead of the game and keep up with industry in other companies, Canada needs to stay in the Cleantech game.
Cannabis in Ontario: What do we know?
Cannabis production is an ever-growing industry across Canada. We discussed the legal requirements from a Federal, Provincial and Municipal perspective, the potential legal risks, community concerns, odours, lighting and how you can plan and / or mitigate these.