Ontario’s robust construction activity generated enough excess soil in one year to fill 16 Rogers Centres in Toronto, according to a report released today by the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO).
In the “2017 Update: Quantification of Excess Construction Soils in Ontario,” report author Frank Zechner estimates that 25.8 million cubic metres of excess construction soil was produced in 2015 from municipal infrastructure, residential and ICI (industrial, commercial and institutional) projects. Particularly in the hot GTA market, excess construction soils are sent by thousands of trucks to landfill sites in rural areas.
So, why is this important?
“Movement of soil is a pressing issue across Ontario and you can’t create effective management tools without knowing the quantity and quality of the soils being generated,” says Zechner, an environmental lawyer and engineer. “The province does not collect data or track excess soil volumes from infrastructure and development activity. This research helps to fill that void. These are primarily clean soils and can be reused on-site or at another construction project with proper planning.”
RCCAO asked Zechner to update his 2012 report on excess soil. Based on estimates for 2010 of 20 to 24.6 million cubic metres, the amount of excess soil being generated has risen.
Along with other organizations, RCCAO has worked in consultation with the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) for years to promote best management practices (BMP). Currently, efforts are being made to implement an Excess Soil Management Policy Framework.
Andy Manahan, executive director of RCCAO, adds: “A lot of excess construction soil is disposed of when it is actually a valuable resource. We would like to see municipalities use BMP wording in tender and soil by-law documents. Our main objective is to reduce the current ‘dig and dump’ approach as this results in a range of negative consequences.”
RCCAO has advocated approaches used by a U.K. organization to beneficially reuse excess soil. Adopting this model in the form of a “Soils Ontario” group would limit the need to send construction soil to landfill. This would have several benefits, including the reduction of fuel and truck emissions. RCCAO’s proposal would also encompass a soil-tracking system and a website soil-matching registry.
The post Excess soils could fill the Rogers Centre 16 times: report appeared first on ReNew Canada.
Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow (QUEST) has announced the appointment of five new senior associates. These senior associates are part of QUEST’s network of leaders from across Canada committed to advancing Smart Energy Communities.
The five new appointees are:
- Bruce Cameron, principal consultant and founder of Envigour Policy Consulting – Bruce is based in Halifax and is a leading expert in energy policy development.
- Richard Laszlo, senior associate serving as senior lead, Utilities/CHP and Services – Richard is based in Toronto and is currently the chair of the QUEST Ontario CHP Consortium and the QUEST Alberta CHP Working Group.
- Todd Latham, president of Actual Media Inc. – Todd is based in Toronto, Ontario and is a media entrepreneur with twenty-five years of experience in business publishing, marketing, and communications.
- Le Luong, senior associate serving as the QUEST2017 project manager – Le is based in Toronto, Ontario and is the managing director of Goals Business Solutions. She is a business strategist with a flair for marketing and events.
- Eddie Oldfield, senior associate serving as Lead, QUEST New Brunswick Services – Eddie is based in Fredericton and is the principal and owner of Spatial Quest Solutions. Eddie works with national and provincial clients to support participatory community energy planning.
QUEST senior associates are independent practitioners committed to the success of the organization and collaborate to deliver QUEST initiatives as well as the activities of caucuses and their related working groups and task forces.
Senior associates have specialized knowledge and expertise, and contribute to the development of Smart Energy Communities by advancing innovative practices and projects, delivering support services, and contributing time for the purposes of broader knowledge exchange and mentoring.
QUEST benefits from the efforts of senior associates to support its operations and to help meet its vision and mission.
“We are delighted to welcome these five new senior associates, who are leaders in their fields, to our team.” said Brent Gilmour, executive director of QUEST. “We are committed to growing the Smart Energy Communities marketplace and the expertise of our senior associates will support us to continue to provide a high level of value to the QUEST network.”
Stretching 170-kilometres, the power cable weighs in at about 5,500 tonnes. The $1.7 billion project will create the continent’s longest subsea electricity link
The ruling affects nearly 105,000 people who purchased or leased Volkswagen or Audi vehicles with two-litre diesel engines that were caught up in an emissions cheating scandal