MOECC: What it means to you and your environment
With the growing awareness of climate change and its impact on the environment as well as the need to address these issues responsibly; the MOECC (Ministry of Environment and Climate Change) has developed strict guidelines and requirements for any future development in an effort to reduce our carbon footprint, and increase our ‘Environmental Awareness’. These guidelines translate into classification of ‘Environmental Approvals’ that deal specifically with different aspects of threats to the Environment as well as risks to human health and well-being. The goal of ‘Environmental’ Approvals’ is to set in place rules for these types of activities, to lessen the overall effect on our natural environment. There are 3 types of environmental approvals and they are as follows,
- Environmental Compliance Approval: This relates to emissions and discharges related to air, noise, Sewage or waste water.
- Environmental Activity and Sector Registry: This covers business activities that pose a slight risk to human and environmental health.
- Renewable energy Approval: Also known as REA; This approval applies to renewable energy sources such as wind, solar or bioenergy.
Efficiency Engineering is a leader in CHP Design (combined heat and power) and energy saving applications for building owners. The constant need to reduce our ‘Carbon Footprint’ and lower our energy costs is not only great for building owners and their tenants, but also lessens the overall impact on the immediate environment.
Recent legislative changes relating to CHP Systems have aimed to lessen the burden of obtaining these environmental approvals. These major changes that were approved at Queens Park in February 2017 have made Combined Heat and Power Systems more accessible to the masses and have improved the cost-effectiveness of small ‘micro’ CHP systems. These efforts at the Ministry level stem from the direct recognition of CHP as a clean energy product lauded for its accomplishments in energy conservation.