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.
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.
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.
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.
B.C.‘s Carbon Neutrality Government Year in Review 2015 report, released on July 28, indicates that the province has achieved carbon neutrality across the provincial public sector for the sixth consecutive year. B.C.‘s 127 public service organizations generated 44,000 tonnes fewer GHG emissions compared to the baseline year of 2010—the equivalent of taking 9,400 cars off the road. Additional information on B.C.’s Carbon Neutrality report is available.
Montrealers now have the obligation to properly sort their waste, and will otherwise be fined, according to a new regulation that the City Council adopted on August 22. All recyclable materials must be in the green bin, not the garbage bag, as food waste, which is collected in the brown bin. More information about recyclables and vegetables banned in Montreal trash is available.
The International Renewable Energy Agency has released a report finding more than 8.1 million people worldwide are currently employed by the renewable energy industry, up 5 percent from last year.
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Following the May 26 announcement that Ontario will invest $100 million in RNG, the Ontario government announced additional details and its comprehensive new Climate Change Action Plan June 8. Areas of particular interest to the biogas sector include:
The CBA looks forward to being involved in the development of these programs, and ensuring that the program is rolled out efficiently and effectively.
Durham Region has issues a Notification of Request for Proposal No. RFP-602-2016 - Financial and Technical Consulting for Region’s Integrated Waste Management System Utility Anaerobic Digestion. Details for proponents >
According to a report released recently by Navigant Research, the global biogas industry has an astounding nearby future, at least for the next ten years. In fact, the report announces the annual global biogas production to exceed 2 trillion cubic feet b 2024. Also, the same report states that investments in biogas production facilities will generate as much as USD 25.8 billion in cumulative revenue from 2015 to 2014. However, the global biogas industry has some flaws that need to be addressed in order to fulfil its potential.
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