The CBA Board of Directors met in June to discuss advocacy priorities for the next 12 months. As part of this facilitated discussion, a focused advocacy campaign was conceptualized to help support the growth of the biogas industry across Canada. CBA staff and the Board of Directors are finalizing the strategic plan and campaign message, which will be made available to members in the coming months and broadly shared this fall. This meeting followed a strategic planning session held in April wherein Directors committed support for continued education and outreach, membership growth, and investment in targeted initiatives that align with our core priorities.
The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) is developing a Food and Organic Waste framework to reduce the volume of food and organic wastes ending up in the disposal stream and have released a discussion paper on addressing food and organic waste in Ontario. The discussion paper, posted on the Environment Registry EBR 013-0094, “Addressing Food and Organic Waste in Ontario” serves as a basis for preliminary discussion with stakeholders to inform the development of the Food and Organic Waste Framework. The CBA is preparing a submission and the MOECC is accepting submissions until July 30th. CBA also contributed to MOECC’s Food and Organic Waste Workshop in early June providing insight on contributions by anaerobic digestion to organics processing and end-markets. This workshop included a series of government and industry presentations on developing processing infrastructure for food and organic materials and supporting end-markets followed by panel discussions to elaborate on issues, potential approaches and tools.
Once again, the CBA will be hosting two exciting and informative annual conferences in 2018, one in Abbotsford, British Columbia on January 16-17th, and another in Ottawa/Gatineau, Ontario in March. Value of Biogas WEST and EAST are Canada’s Premier Biogas and Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) Conferences, and the best way to connect with the industry network. A call for abstracts is out and we encourage you to send your submission by September 15 to augment the topics in our programs. Interested in enhancing your company’s biogas expertise to municipal, industrial and agricultural sectors in Canada? Consider any of the sponsorship opportunities available for either or both Value of Biogas conferences.