Industrial natural gas emissions account for nearly 70% of Sault Ste. Marie of the community of the inventory of greenhouse gas emissions, but up to the present, Algoma Steel did not disclose how it hopes to achieve a net-zero carbon footprint of 30 years, Cormier told the committee last week.
The steelmaker did not respond to a SooToday request for more details before this article was posted.
Algoma Steel currently has three projects that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which are expected to reduce emissions of 79 000 tons per year, Cormier said.
That would add up to five percent of what she sees as the Sault community greenhouse gas reduction potential.
Carbon neutrality can be achieved by eliminating the emissions of carbon dioxide, or by balancing them through carbon offsetting, or by a combination of these methods.
Two members of the green committee – Ward 2 Countries. Luc Dufour and Ward 3 Matthew Shoemaker – has expressed the hope that the local carbon offsets could be purchased to help meet the carbon neutral objectives.
“I am very glad to hear that Algoma Steel was on the inside committed to be carbon neutral by 2050,” Dufour said.
“Any reduction they do is obviously a great service to the community… I’m sure they will need a compensation measure carbon emissions in order to get there,” Dufour said. “The opportunity to purchase some of these offsets locally would result in their economic growth in the region of Sault Ste. Mary. ”
Coun. Shoemaker said he has been pushing for a municipal tree planting program, and I was wondering if it might help.
“I don’t know if a program of tree planting in the city would count as a carbon offset for them,” the Cobbler said. “At a certain point, it may be that some of the investment major emitters of carbon could help the city in achieving its goals of more trees to capture carbon. ”
Cormier will be working through September to develop greenhouse gas targets and a reduction plan to be presented to city Council for approval.
She said the green committee last week that, according to preliminary estimates, it is estimated that the emissions by city government operations could be reduced from 12% to 20% over the next 10 years.
As for the community as a whole, external commitments are necessary, and Cormier wants to do further research, but it offers a preliminary reduction target of six per cent.
“Based on our inventory, completed in February, if we do not change, our emissions are expected to increase approximately 14% in the next 20 years,” she said.