Roadmap to Net Zero Ice Rinks

Roadmap to Net Zero Ice Rinks

The Mayor’s Megawatt Challenge shares their roadmap to get ice rinks to net-zero! To prepare this roadmap to reach net zero in ice rinks, this pilot study looked at 9 ice arenas in Ontario and assessed the many ways of how emissions can be reduced before purchasing carbon offsets.

We are thrilled that MMC’s assessment shows the REALice technology as part of the solutions package. In fact, it is considered a high-impact measure, offering 13% CO2 reductions or on average over 20 tonnes per ice pad per year.

The changing climate is real. Here is a roadmap for ice arenas to make a difference!

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Total Emissions Savings by Systems

Diving into the pilot findings and looking at total emission savings by systems, the top three are the refrigeration plant, heating, and resurfacing.

Total emissions by system to get to net zero ice rinks

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High Impact Measures

Great News! Looking at the overview of high impact measures and focusing on emissions savings from resurfacing, installing a cold-water resurfacing system can save 21.7 tonnes of CO2 per ice pad (in Ontario) and accounts for 13% of emission reductions. Compared to other more cost-intense measures this is a simple retrofit with high impact!

“Reduce ice resurfacing water temperature by using cold water ice resurfacing products such as REALice or equivalent has a fairly large impact on emission reductions!” Frank Cammalleri, Enerlife Consulting

High impact measures overview to get to net zero ice rinks

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Check out: 5 strategies to reduce CO2 emissions in the ice rink