Reaching your Carbon Goals

Reaching your Carbon Goals

March 16, 2020 – The message for Canadian communities is clear. Municipalities must reduce the carbon impact they have on the environment.

REALice’s floodwater treatment technology will make an impact on the carbon emissions of ALL community-owned indoor ice arenas. Your arena’s CO2 emissions will be continuously reduced, year after year, after year.

CO2 Savings from Natural Gas, Propane and Heating Fuel

REALice will reduce your energy consumption — and CO2 emissions — in a few ways. First, is the consumption reduction that comes from heating the floodwater.

When it comes to carbon emission reductions, the consumption reduction your arena will have with reduced natural gas, propane or heating oil consumption doesn’t change from province to province.

So reducing the annual consumption of an average arena by 330 GJ of natural gas (8,250 m3) – as shown in the FortisBC large scale pilot  – will save 15.72 Tonnes of CO2e no matter which province the arena is located.

CO2 Savings from Electricity

Then there’s the electricity savings you’ll get which will also impact your carbon emissions.

Using colder REALice-treated water means your refrigeration plant has less heat to remove from the water each time an ice make is done.

Then, because the REALice-treated water freezes so much faster, it requires the ice temps be moved higher to ensure it isn’t freezing too quickly. That warmer ice means lower run times — and lower electric consumption.

Provincial Variations

Calculating the CO2 emission reductions, however, varies from province to province and depends on how the electricity in your province is currently being produced.

In Ontario, the bulk of electricity is produced using hydro. Alberta, on the other hand, is more coal dependant, so reduced electric consumption in Alberta will result in higher CO2 emission reductions compared to Ontario even with identical rinks!

The electric consumption reduction at the Mayfield Recreation Complex in Caledon, ON of 84,188 kWh only accounts for 1.68 Tonnes of CO2e in Ontario, but an identical rink would have a reduction of 67.20 Tonnes of CO2e in Alberta.

We’ve changed how we calculate the CO2 emission reductions, using as a reference.

If you would like us to recalculate existing Rink Savings Profiles to give you a more accurate picture of the CO2 emissions REALice would bring, please let us know.

And if you haven’t asked for a Rink Savings Estimate already, please let us know.

We’ll be pleased to show you what REALice will mean for your community, both this year and for the long term. Contact us today at