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Is Essar Ontario's 3rd highest greenhouse gas emitter? Probably not

Thursday, November 29, 2012   by: Donna Hopper

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment recently released its Facility Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report for the 2010 reporting year.

The first of its kind in Ontario, the Emission Report collected data from 148 regulated facilities under Ontario Regulation 452/09 to determine a baseline in order to assist the reporting facilities in managing and reducing their greenhouse gas emissions.

Essar Steel Algoma and Essar Power Canada, both based in Sault Ste. Marie, were among those 148 reporting facilities.

As published on the Ministry of the Environment website, Essar Steel Algoma is listed as the third highest emitter of CO2 greenhouse gas in the province at just under 4.5 million tonnes.

SooToday.com contacted Brenda Stenta, manager of corporate communications for Essar Steel Algoma, to request additional information regarding the Emissions Report.

As it turns out, the Ministry of the Environment's 2010 report may be incorrect and misleading.

The official response from Essar Steel Algoma follows.

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Thank you for the opportunity to respond on the Ministry of Environment’s publication of their 2010 Greenhouse Gas Emission Report.

The 2010 report, the first of its kind under new reporting guidelines, double counted the combustion of by-product gases from our operation, including them both in the Essar Steel Algoma total and the Essar Power Canada total.

As these fuels were only burned once, at the Co-generation facility, they should only be counted once, at the source of combustion.

If amended to accurately correct for this double counting error, the figures would show as approximately 2.66 million tonnes for Essar Steel Algoma and 1.52 million tonnes for Essar Power Canada.

We have brought this to the attention of the Ministry of Environment and it has been corrected for the 2011 reporting year.

That said, it is important to look at this data within the broader context of intensity ratings, performance trends and national greenhouse gas emissions.

Essar Steel Algoma has made great strides in reducing the amount of carbon emitted with every ton of steel produced.

In fact, since 1993 we have reduced our CO2 intensity rate (tonnes of CO2 emitted per ton of steel shipped) by 64 percent.

Beyond this, the next step change in CO2 emission reductions will require breakthrough technology.

Industry-wide research initiatives are currently underway in the pursuit of this new technology but it does not exist today.

World Steel reports the global average intensity rate is 1.9 tonnes of CO2 for every tonne of steel produced.

For 2010 Essar Steel Algoma’s intensity rate was better than average at 1.15 tonnes.

Our Direct Steel Production Complex is the only one of its kind in Canada, using a continuous casting method that consumes significantly less energy than a conventional mill.

Our Cogeneration Facility (Essar Power Canada) is also a Canadian first, producing 70 MW of electricity from surplus byproduct fuels which would otherwise have to be flared, helping to offset coal fired power generation in Ontario.

It is also valuable to understand where the iron and steel sector fits within the national greenhouse gas emissions profile.

As shown on the Environment Canada graph below, iron and steel accounts for just over 2 percent of Canada’s overall CO2 emissions.

And of that 2 percent (14 M tonnes), Essar Steel Algoma generated less than 3M tonnes, the equivalent of about half a percent of Canada’s overall CO2 emissions.

In so doing we produced 2.32 million tonnes of steel, contributed nearly $1.77 billion to the economy and employed 3,000 people.



At Essar Steel Algoma we take our environmental responsibilities very seriously.

All of our facilities are registered to the world-wide ISO 14001 Environmental Management System Standard and we strive for continuous environmental improvement in every phase of steel production.

Our ongoing investments and continued reductions in emissions demonstrate our commitment to achieving a sustainable balance in all that we do.

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shju 11/29/2012 4:50:58 PM Report

If more green house gases mean more jobs then I am all for it. Id rather have money to eat and live then be broke living in a card board box, but the planet looks prettier for the hippies.
donnieboy 11/29/2012 5:02:33 PM Report

I totally agree jhsu but I hope you realize that cardboard box was made at the expense of a tree.
Clive 11/29/2012 5:18:46 PM Report

Trees are not an ongoing permanent plant. They should be utilized when they reach maturity otherwise they they will slowly deteriorate and either die (rendering the wood fiber useless)and fall down, get blown over because the root system can no longer support them or fire will consume them.
Best to utilize them when they reach their growth potential.
steelworker 11/29/2012 8:22:43 PM Report

Bring on the palm trees.
speed7 11/29/2012 9:08:08 PM Report

That is why once trees are harvested their should be a replantation system in place to replace them. Trees provide over 90% of the oxygen in our atmosphere so we breathe better because of them. CO2 immissions heats up the earth and in turn disturbs that natural process in the forest ecosystem. Its slowly changing for the worse. It is real and not a joke. I guess we as a planet wont realize it untill some of the harsher consequences present themselves.
right wing 11/29/2012 9:45:32 PM Report

CO2 does not heat up the earth.
A greenhouse affect heats up the earth and a greenhouse affect is caused by water vapor.
What is worse than an enviro-wacko?

An enviro-wacko that doesn't have a clue what they are talking about...which is pretty much most of them.
right wing 11/29/2012 9:46:18 PM Report

...and there is a re-plant program in place, has been for decades.
right wing 11/29/2012 9:47:25 PM Report

...and we are not a planet...planets don't "realize".
right wing 11/29/2012 9:53:53 PM Report

Clive

Correct you are.
Forest fires get out of control in older mature forests due to the dried out undergrowth.
Tree harvesting removes this.
The taller mature trees also block out the sunlight from reaching the lower levels of the forest. This inhibits new forest growth and the ecosystems they bring with them.
PlasmaX 11/29/2012 11:30:01 PM Report

lol Right Wing ... I was about to say the same thing but you beat me to it.

You will find that trying to correct Speed7 or make a point is an exercise in futility
Nunavut 11/30/2012 8:08:28 AM Report

CO2 is not pollution ! we need it for life and like rightwing stated water vapour is by far the biggest greenhouse effector and we have no control over that and Canada would have to go back to the stoneage to have any effect on global output of co2 assuming it has any effect on global warming. And considering even mars is warming I think we best look at sun cycles as major factor and not waste our time and money on the minute CO2 factor. As for the best recycle product on the planet ...trees here are some facts !


http://tealjones.com/FactorFiction.htm
F150Guy 11/30/2012 8:35:39 AM Report

I laugh when I hear people say CO2 is pollution. If that's the case might as well stop breathing and save the air for everyone else.
Wisenheimer 11/30/2012 8:46:26 AM Report

Shut "er" down ... Then we can have no manufacturing jobs, like the rest of Ontario.
mr.monty 11/30/2012 9:29:24 AM Report

plants and trees need co2 to live. forest fires are also vital to growth. fires create carbon and turn the soil back to it's natural state. also trees rotting in the bush give off more deadly gasses over time than one that burns in a fire. as far as essar goes they could stop burning all that amonnia and stop the flow of acid into the river. i was there to see it all reported it but nothing was done.
jojo12345 1/14/2013 12:30:27 AM Report

they cause so much damage to the Sault
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