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Autobody Repair Sector Industry-Government Partnership. Shiv K. Sud John Norris Ontario Ministry of the Environment Collision Industry Action Group Toronto, Ontario, Canada Hamilton, Ontario, Canada 416-314-7936 sudsh@ene.gov.on.ca 905-662-9499 ciag@icom.ca.

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    1. Autobody Repair SectorIndustry-Government Partnership Shiv K. Sud John Norris Ontario Ministry of the Environment Collision Industry Action Group Toronto, Ontario, Canada Hamilton, Ontario, Canada 416-314-7936 sudsh@ene.gov.on.ca 905-662-9499 ciag@icom.ca

    2. Award-winning Industry-Government Partnership • Ontario P4 Leadership Award • Recycling Council of Ontario Award • Hamilton-Wentworth Gold Environmental Commitment Award • Canadian Council of Ministers of Environment Award • Individual facilities have won numerous P2 awards

    3. Award-winning Autobody Repair Shops • Kelly Autobody, Hamilton • Canadian Auto Collision, Brantford • Hawley Collision Center, Mississauga • 427 Collision, Toronto

    4. Autobody Repair Sector Overview • 8,000 facilities in Canada • 2,800 facilities in Ontario • Small one-man operation to larger facilities with 25 or more employees • Average shop has 4.4 employees • 1.2 million vehicles or vehicle parts painted each year in Ontario

    5. Sector Overview (continued) • Difficult to reach with environmental information and compliance assistance • Lack of acceptance of “command and control” approaches • Underground or “backyard” activity • Lack of consistent enforcement - often complaint driven • Shop owners lack capital

    6. Environmental Impacts • VOC emissions • precursor to urban smog • second largest source from commercial/industrial coating facilities • 6,000 tonnes in Ontario • Odour complaints • Improper disposal of paints and solvents • millions of liters unaccounted for • Plastics and metal wastes

    7. P2 Solutions • Use of lower VOC coating products • Use of more efficient spray equipment • Solvent management practices • Equipment maintenance and materials handling • Mandatory education and training program

    8. Solutions (CCME) in the New “C of A’s”: • Use of high-efficiency Spray Guns (Dec 31, 2002) • Test cap to determine proper air volume / pressure of Spray Guns • Code of Practice & Check List for Good Practice (Dec 31, 2002) • Training & certification by Dec 31, 2002

    9. Partnership: Progress-to-date • 15 Profitability Workshops (1,500 attended) • emphasis on Improved bottom line with good environmental management • award-winning shop owners as feature speakers • case studies and testimonials highlighted • Workshops have been industry organized and led • Government participation in non-regulatory role • Suppliers and coatings firms participation • Profitability Workbook available free on Internet

    10. Partnership: Current Plans • A multi-stakeholder MOU under negotiation • VOCs reduction commitment • 45% reduction target by 2015 • P2 planning for all emissions • Streamlined permit approvals • A comprehensive Training Program • including training needed to meet mandatory P2 Planning requirements of proposed Toronto sewer use by-law • Program being expanded to other provinces

    11. Developing a Co-Operative Agreement or M.O.U.: • MoE Certificate of Approval requirements • MoE Air Emissions Regulation reporting • Toronto Sewer Use By-law • Modified Licensing (possible – Toronto & Hamilton • Development of a computerized solvent library • Anti-Smog Action Plan Reporting

    12. Developing a Co-Operative Agreement or M.O.U. (cont.): • Development of Internet-based training • Apprenticeship training program through community colleges • Shop environmental audit program • Issuance of Annual Progress Report and Case Studies • Industry self-management (CISCO) considerations for compliance

    13. A “One Window” Approach is Required for Industry • Otherwise, Shop owners / managers will be overwhelmed by recent municipal & provincial requirements • No time for non-regulatory initiatives • Complicates (a barrier to) compliance • Industry, Environment Canada, MoE, Approvals Branch & City of Toronto have met: • How avoid duplication? • How simplify for Industry?

    14. Oxegen as a “One Window” Solution: • International Environmental Systems’ (Toronto, Melbourne) – www.oxegen.com • Internet based “platform” • Compliance & Profitability tool developed for SME’s • Flexible – P2, EMS, Health & Safety, Profitability, ISO14001 • Cost effective & Simple • Industry specific

    15. Oxegen as Potential “One Window” Solution (cont.): • Meets “One Window” requirement • Pilot scheduled for end of June (15 shops) • Cooperative, solution based approach taken by I.E.S. • A potential “win/win/win” for shops, Industry Associations, and all levels of government

    16. What has made the Partnership work? • Association leadership and champion • Involvement and support of key stakeholders • Government’s willingness to try non-regulatory approach • Profitability and P2 hand-in-hand • Partnership allows industry to proactively work with government in resolving future needs and issues