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Sustainability should be top of mind for any company that wants to stay in the game in today’s world.

As important a role as Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions play, we also need to focus on noxious emissions versus coal.

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) stations have been running coal-free since 2014, and the changeover has made it possible to decrease not just GHG emissions but also nitrogen oxide, sulphur dioxide and mercury emissions.

OPG says emissions from wood-based biomass generation contain 75 per cent less nitrogen oxide than coal emissions and virtually no sulphur dioxide.

According to OPG’s annual Sustainability Performance Report, thermal atmospheric emissions for sulphur dioxide were reduced by 11,160 tonnes from 2011 to 2015.

Nitrogen oxides were reduced by 5,411 tonnes in the same time period. Most improved is mercury that went from 43kg of emissions in 2011 to zero in 2015 — being 100 per cent mercury free is a pretty good thing.

You can compare more numbers from the report below and check out OPG’s thermal atmospheric emission rates as well.

Thermal atmospheric emissions
Sulphur Dioxide (tonnes):
  • 2015: 104 tonnes
  • 2014: 550
  • 2013: 9,812
  • 2012: 9,705
  • 2011: 11,264
Nitrogen Oxides (tonnes, as NO2):
  • 2015: 383
  • 2014: 654
  • 2013: 4,989
  • 2012: 6,515
  • 2011: 5,794
Mercury (kilograms):
  • 2015: 0 kg
  • 2014: 2.3 kg
  • 2013: 28 kg
  • 2012: 25 kg
  • 2011: 43 kg
Thermal Atmospheric Emission Rates
Sulphur Dioxide (tonnes/GWh-net):
  • 2015: 0.16
  • 2014: 0.76
  • 2013: 3.44
  • 2012: 2.38
  • 2011: 3.03
Nitrogen Oxides (tonnes/GWh-net, as NO2):
  • 2015: 0.52
  • 2014: 0.84
  • 2013: 1.75
  • 2012: 1.60
  • 2011: 1.56

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