The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) is seeking feedback on a Discussion Document to understand the level of interest in production and use of Renewable Natural Gas as transportation fuel; potential program participants; the business relationships that might be necessary for program success; possible barriers to project development; and other activities that might require government support in order to enable broader uptake of RNG for transportation. The CBA will be preparing a submission. OMAFRA is accepting submission until June 19, 2017, further information can be found under EBR 013-0316.
The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) has posted a 30-day public review and comment period for a proposal for the offset protocol covering the capture and destruction of methane gas from landfill facilities. The Landfill Gas Offset Protocol, once finalized, will apply to landfill facilities located anywhere in Canada. Projects must meet the requirements of the proposed offsets regulation and the applicable protocol to be able to be issued offset credits. The CBA will be preparing a submission. The MOECC is accepting submission until June 18, 2017, further information can be found under EBR 013-0480.
The Climate Action Reserve hosted an initial webinar meeting on the protocol adaption process for the anaerobic digestion protocol with a group of interested stakeholders. The Protocol Adaption Team shortlisted two protocols for Organic Waste and two protocols for livestock manure. The CBA reviewed the candidate protocols and submitted comments on May 3, 2017. CBA’s submission to the Climate Action Reserve’s Protocol Adaption for Anaerobic Digestion is available to members.More Updates
On May 5th, Rural Green Energy Inc. held the grand opening of their first commercial card lock compressed natural gas (CNG) fast fill fuelling facility near Woodstock Ontario. “We are pleased to have the support of our local municipality Oxford County and a large number of Ontario fleet owners. We are committed to providing a cleaner, more sustainable, economical fuel option. We are fuelling change” said John Ysselstein Jr., President of Rural Green Energy Inc. Phase two of this project will see Rural Green Energy retailing a blend of CNG and RNG (bio-methane from livestock waste) allowing customers to further reduce C02 vehicle emissions. The Rural Green Energy facility was engineered, constructed and is maintained by Faromor CNG Corp of Shakespeare, ON.
A new jobs study reveals that deploying trucks fueled by renewable natural gas could create up to 130,000 new jobs and add $14 billion to California’s economy. The RNG Jobs Report examines the economic potential of fueling heavy-duty trucks with renewable natural gas produced in California, instead of being powered by petroleum-based diesel. A switch to renewable natural gas (RNG) trucks could quickly help California achieve its air quality, greenhouse gas emissions, and climate change-related goals.
On May 30, 2017, the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario released Volume One of her 2016/2017 Annual Energy Conservation Progress Report, Every Drop Counts: Reducing the Energy and Climate Footprint of Ontario’s Water Use, to the Ontario Legislature. This report focuses on the connection between water and energy in Ontario’s municipal water and wastewater systems. The Energy from Sewage chapter focuses on using anaerobic digestion for energy recovery at wastewater treatment plants. After publishing the report, Environmental Commissioner Diane Saxe, added that “Biogas from sewage can offer renewable, low-carbon energy, replacing fossil fuels for heating, for electricity generation and for transportation. To create even more biogas, wastewater plants could process food-type wastes along with the sewage. This would also keep food-type wastes out of landfills, where they release methane, a powerful greenhouse gas.”More News
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York University strives to be a leading post-secondary institution for sustainability. York University in Toronto was founded in 1959 and is the 3rd largest University in Canada. Their long-term perspective recognizes their responsibility to be innovators and to continually work as a community to reduce their ecological impact.Continue reading…