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Ontario Industries Can Finally Burn Waste

As part of the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) push to eliminate coal use in the province, O. Reg 79/15 – Alternative Low Carbon Fuels has been passed. O. Reg 79/15 allows energy intensive industries that currently burn coal, or petcoke to use alternative low carbon fuels.

While several waste options are appealing, the focus will shift to bio-mass, and other woody feed-stocks. The cement industry has been toying with this concept for years. Lafarge has recently launched cement2020.org in an attempt to displace coal from one of its cement plants.

One of the challenges for manufacturers will be complying with the air quality regulations, especially Environmental Compliance Approvals. Dioxin and Furan emissions have long been a problem for biomass combustion.