The Cost of Carbon in the US and Canada

“The cost of doing nothing is much, much higher than the cost of going forward and reducing greenhouse-gas emissions”, said Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne earlier this year. Recently, Canada’s industries have been facing stricter regulations concerning their CO2 emissions. It’s becoming mandatory for companies all over Canada to work on improving their carbon footprint. Not only is this important for the environment, but non-renewable resources are also getting much more expensive. At the start of the year, the price of gasoline was raised to an additional 4.3 cents per litre, and the price of natural gas was raised by an average of $5 on the monthly bill.

In a speech to Parliament on October 3, 2016, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the federal government would be imposing a national price on carbon starting in 2018. He mentioned Canada’s obligations under the 2015 UN Paris Agreement (COP21) and stated, “There is no hiding from climate change.” The US has also signed this agreement, however, it is unclear how they will go about keeping their obligation to it. They have not yet decided how to enforce environmental laws and regulations, but with the election of Donald Trump as the new president, things are sure to change in one way or another.

Through all these new laws and regulations, it is obvious that significant efforts are being made to improve all areas of our society by making them more environmentally friendly. In a wide range of industries, entire production processes are being modified or replaced by more energy-efficient technologies. This change may pose a challenge for certain companies, but whoever ignores this development is taking the risk of being shut out of the market, as these avoidable CO2 emissions can cause high additional costs.

Effects on the food processing industry

These changes to laws on carbon will affect the food processing industry greatly. It’s common for certain processes in the industry to produce waste in the air. This waste is generally composed of smoke and other impurities, resulting in a noticeable bad odour. These emissions must received post-treatment to purify them before they can be released outdoors.

There are different methods that can be used to purify the waste. Some companies still use the old method of burning the waste (smoke) with a device called the afterburner. This device converts the waste into a high temperature air containing H2O (water) and CO2 (carbon). This method, however, is expensive, as well as highly detrimental to the environment. This method uses non-renewable resources such as natural gas or oil, because these types of fuels are necessary in order to reach the high temperature needed to burn the waste.

But there is KMA which offers energy-efficient and environmentally friendly exhaust air filtration systems. These air filtration systems not only purify the waste produced in the food-processing industry, but also provide a considerable reduction of CO2 emissions through energy saving operations. Compared to conventional post-combustion systems, the KMA filter system uses 80 percent less energy and reduces CO2 emissions by up to 90 percent, thereby effectively improving a company’s carbon footprint.

Please start preparing your company for the future and the upcoming carbon law changes. It’s time to put your company’s production facilities under close scrutiny and to make a change for the better. What are the best solutions to coincide with the changes that are coming up in the market? If you want to learn more about KMA and these solutions, contact Klever Equipped Inc.