Almost 100 people participated in the Value of Biogas West Conference held in Abbotsford, B.C. on January 27th. Attendees provided positive feedback on the speakers, and timely and relevant topics. New this year were exhibitors to the event, which offered an added element for information sharing and networking. Thank you to all who supported and contributed to this successful event.
The CBA held its third RNG Working Group meeting on January 20th in Toronto. Biogas stakeholders and government representatives from MOE and MOECC attended and discussed aspects of Ontario’s Long Term Energy Plan, Cap and Trade, and the proposed Renewable Fuel Standard for Gasoline in Ontario. Through the RNG Working Group, CBA and member stakeholders have been given the opportunity to provide early input to many of these developing policies and understand their implications for the biogas sector.
The CBA participated in the first Food and Organic Framework working group on January 19th in Toronto. The MOECC reviewed objectives and expectation of the framework roles and responsibilities of the working group members, timelines and future meeting topics. The Climate Change Action Plan sets out a proposed target of 40% diversion of organics by 2025 and 60% by 2035. The focus is on food waste prevention and diversion as well as organic material diversion, and does not address farm waste. There was recognition that improved awareness and promotion is needed of anaerobic digestion, composting, and land application.
The CBA calls upon the Minister of Finance to prioritize investments for biogas and RNG in Ontario’s 2017 Budget. The biogas industry provides significant economic, environmental and social benefits to Ontarians, which can be achieved with dedicated investments in infrastructure and capital funding.More Updates
MOECC posted a policy proposal and discussion paper in regards to developing a modern renewable fuel standard for gasoline, which would aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from gasoline by 5% by 2020. All materials are posted on the EBR under Registry Number 012-7923 with comments due by March 8th.
On December 9, First Ministers issued a joint communiqué and released the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change following the First Ministers’ Meeting. First Ministers adopted the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, following the commitments made in the Vancouver Declaration of March 2016.
Research Corridor has published a new research study titled “Biogas Upgrading Equipment Market – Growth, Share, Opportunities, Competitive Analysis and Forecast, 2015 – 2022”. The Biogas Upgrading Equipment market report studies current as well as future aspects of the Biogas Upgrading Equipment Market based upon factors such as market dynamics, key ongoing trends and segmentation analysis.
A renewable biogas cogeneration plant is being proposed at the massive General Motors powertrain plant in St. Catharines, Ontario that would utilize landfill gas to make the 2.08 million square-foot facility more energy efficient and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 5,000 tonnes a year. The project could be up and running as early as 2018 and is part of a major push by GM to dramatically reduce energy consumption, waste production and chemicals at its Canadian plants. More detail available here.More News
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