Redevelopment Project: The Future of Emerald from Waste

Emerald’s Redevelopment Initiative: Fostering Sustainable Solutions

January 2024

At Emerald, we’re embarking on an exciting journey of transformation, one that not only enhances our operational efficiency but also underscores our unwavering commitment to sustainable energy solutions and community well-being.

Our strategic redevelopment initiative is more than just a facelift; it’s a testament to our dedication to innovation and environmental stewardship. Through meticulous planning and a three-phase approach, we’re poised to revolutionize our site, integrating cutting-edge technology to elevate our processing capacity and energy recovery capabilities.

But our vision extends beyond mere expansion. It’s rooted in our fundamental ethos: the recovery of energy from non-hazardous waste and the empowerment of our local community. This purpose drives every aspect of our redevelopment project.

Central to our efforts is a rigorous Environmental Assessment Act (EAA) process. We’re committed to evaluating the environmental impact of our proposal comprehensively, considering both the positive and negative implications. Our consultations with stakeholders, including three Open Houses held previously and another scheduled for December 11th, underscore our transparent approach and commitment to community engagement.

Emissions management is a key focus area for us. With real-time monitoring programs and annual stack sampling, we’ve maintained compliance with provincial standards for over three decades. As we transition to a new facility, our engineers have projected emissions based on advanced technologies, ensuring alignment with air quality standards and prioritizing community health and well-being.

Dispelling misconceptions, we highlight the environmental benefits of energy recovery. By converting waste to energy locally, we mitigate emissions associated with landfill disposal and reduce reliance on non-renewable fuels. Our commitment to the waste management hierarchy—from reduce and reuse to recover and recycle—is unwavering, ensuring a holistic approach that maximizes resource efficiency and minimizes environmental impact.

In our pursuit of sustainability, we’re not just embracing the status quo; we’re pioneering innovative solutions. From steam and district heating to hydrogen production, we’re diversifying our energy offerings to meet evolving needs while minimizing our carbon footprint.

Our phased approach to redevelopment ensures seamless integration with existing waste management programs, fostering synergy and cooperation for the benefit of our communities. As we look to the future, our goal remains clear: to create a circular economy where resources are utilized efficiently and responsibly.

At Emerald, sustainability isn’t just a buzzword—it’s our guiding principle. Through strategic redevelopment and a steadfast commitment to environmental stewardship, we’re paving the way for a greener, more prosperous future for all. Join us on this transformative journey towards sustainability, where every step forward brings us closer to a brighter tomorrow.