Updates

Clean Fuel Standard Discussion Paper

The CBA responded to Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) Clean Fuel Standard Discussion Paper. The CBA supports ECCC’s direction to develop a Clean Fuel Standard to reduce Canada’s GHG emissions through increased use of lower carbon fuels and alternative technologies. The CBA emphasised that with the support of the Clean Fuel Standard the biogas industry can further develop to realize immediate environmental benefits that will accrue to the country and bring co-benefits including cleaner air, increased fuel diversity, and economic benefits from reducing reliance on fossil fuels. The CBA’s Clean Fuel Standard Discussion Paper Submission is available to members.

Food and Organic Waste Framework Stakeholder Working Group

On April 19th, CBA Co-Chair, Paul Taylor, attended the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change’s Food and Organic Waste Framework stakeholder working group consultation. The full day session focused on food waste prevention and diversion. Presentations from food waste consultants, food waste reduction organizations, waste and recycling associations, and ministry representatives provided background for attendees on the importance of food waste reduction. Stakeholders participated in roundtable discussions on food waste prevention and food waste recovery to provide feedback and direction to the MOECC. The next meeting in May will focus on organic material diversion and end markets.

Renewable Natural Gas for Municipalities Webinar

On May 25th, the CBA will be hosting a webinar to present tools and materials covered in the October 2016 and March 2017 Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) for Municipalities workshops. The webinar will cover RNG technologies, tools for measuring GHG reductions, RNG case studies, the financial spreadsheet tool, and connection checklist. Register today and check out the RNG Outreach and Market Development project page for more information on the initiative.

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News

Ontario Announces Results of First Cap and Trade Program Auction

On April 3rd, Ontario announced the results of the province’s first Cap and Trade program auction, held March 22, 2017. Proceeds will be invested to help households and businesses fight climate change. A total of 25,296,367 current (2017) allowances were sold at a settlement price of $18.08 and a total of 812,000 future (2020) greenhouse gas emissions allowances were sold at a settlement price of $18.07. The auction generated $472,031,155 in proceeds, which by law will be invested in programs that will reduce greenhouse gas pollution and help families and businesses reduce their own emissions through the Climate Change Action Plan. Ontario has already committed $325 million to the Green Investment Fund to kick-start climate change actions.

Ontario Launches Global Climate Challenge

On April 13th, Ontario’s Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science announced the Solutions 2030 Challenge to help Ontario’s industrial plants reduce their GHG emissions, meet the targets set in Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan, and increase innovation and entrepreneurship in the province. Ontario has provided support for the Solutions 2030 Challenge with proceeds from the province’s carbon market through the Green Investment Fund. The challenge will position Ontario as a global leader in building a low-carbon future while supporting job growth and strengthening the economy. Eligible teams can apply through the Solutions 2030 online application portal by September 22, 2017.

Alberta Innovates Invests in Clean Technology That Converts Wood into Renewable Natural Gas

On April 21st, Alberta Innovates announced it is contributing to a clean technology that will convert waste from the Alberta forest industry into renewable natural gas. A federal-provincial-industry consortium, which includes Alberta Innovates, is investing a total of $2.15 million in a project being hosted by ATCO Gas at a test site in Edmonton. The project will demonstrate the injection of renewable natural gas (RNG) directly into the ATCO Gas distribution system. The renewable natural gas – a drop-in replacement for conventional natural gas – will be produced using an innovative technology developed by company G4 Insights Inc.

Ontario FIT5 Materials Posted

The IESO has posted final versions of the FIT 5 Rules, FIT Contract, Standard Definitions and Prescribed Forms ahead of the upcoming FIT 5 Application Period, which is set to begin on October 31, 2016.

More information is available on the FIT website.

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Events

Renewable Natural Gas for Municipalities Webinar

May 25

The Ontario Environment and Cleantech Business and Policy Forum

May 30, Toronto ON

2017 Conference on Biogas & Bioenergy

May 30, Montreal QC

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Press Releases

November 29

Canadian Biogas Association Encourages the Use of Biogas to Achieve Canada’s Climate Strategy Goals


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Featured Member

April 27

Martin Energy Group


Martin Energy Group is committed to providing customized engine solutions to the Canadian biogas industry.  Martin Energy Group is an original equipment manufacturer for generator packages, mainly in North American markets.

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