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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Bruce Power Helps Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions, According to New Report

Regional | by Travis Jackson  

The report shows how Bruce Power helped Ontario to phase out burning coal, and as a result, cleaned up the air we breathe.

Bruce Power is helping to clean up the air we breathe, according to a new report.

Bruce Power, in partnership with Asthma Canada, recently released a report called ''Clean Air Canada: Recognizing the role of nuclear power supporting coal phase-out to achieve long-term climate change goals.''

To simplify, the report shows how Bruce Power helped Ontario to phase out burning coal, and as a result, cleaned up the air we breathe.

Mike Rencheck, President and CEO of Bruce Power says ''the refurbishment of the four Bruce Power reactors provided 70 per cent of the power the province needed to shut down coal stations once and for all." 

According to Bruce Power, in the early-2000s the Ontario government committed to phasing out coal from its energy mix portfolio - a goal met in April 2014.

They say Ontario's phase out of coal led to a significant reduction in the province's level of harmful Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, causing the number of smog days to plummet from 53 in 2005 to just two since 2014. 

The report says in Canada and around the world, almost 80 per cent of GHG emissions from human activities come from energy consuming activities such as transportation, energy and electricity production, heating and cooling of buildings, operation of appliances and equipment, production of goods, and the provision of services.
 


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