CBA’s new Insights Article considers what Budget 2022 means for biogas & RNG. Budget 2022 covers a lot of ground with focuses on making life more affordable, investing in economic development, and investing in the clean economy. On April 7th, 2022, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, tabled her second federal budget, Budget 2022: A Plan to Grow Our Economy and Make Life More Affordable. Five key areas that are relevant for biogas & RNG are the big increase to the Agricultural Clean Technology Fund, the comeback for the Low Carbon Economy Fund, the establishment of investment tax credits, the refinancing of Smart Renewables and Electrification Pathways Program, and the potential support from Canada’s Infrastructure Bank.
The CBA has just released a new report funded by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Analysis of Regulatory Barriers Impacting Agricultural Biogas Development in Canada. In this report, regulatory pathways from all ten provinces in Canada were considered and the report summarizes regulations and requirements, and conclusions on barriers and potential solutions drawn from stakeholder experiences. After analysis of the barriers and potential solutions to province-specific challenges, this report makes recommendations on how regulatory barriers could be overcome and more Canada-wide regulatory harmonization achieved. These include developing tools that help stakeholders navigate the regulatory pathways and that educate government, increasing collaboration among government departments, and specific policy recommendations that would improve regulatory processes and encourage agricultural biogas development.
The CBA is pleased to welcome the 2022/2023 Board of Directors following the AGM election on March 30th. Meet your new Board of Directors. We continue to grow our depth and expertise with the addition of new directors to the board: Nicole Brunner, Enbridge Gas Inc; Raphaël Duquette, Énergir; Fiona Oliver-Glasford, ClearBlue Markets; Alexandra Sadvari, Gowling WLG; Paul Taylor, Bio-En Power; and Dana Wong, FortisBC.
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Enbridge Gas Inc., in agreement with the Ontario Waste Management Association (OWMA), is thrilled to announce a pilot project to use low-carbon renewable natural gas (RNG) in waste collection vehicles across Ontario. RNG is a carbon-neutral fuel source that presents a tremendous opportunity to help Ontario reach its greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets. Currently, more than 40 percent of Ontario’s waste sector expenditures are related to transportation costs, which are expected to increase. While the sector has made significant contributions to sustainability by supporting waste diversion efforts there is room to build on that success and continue investing in a green future. With a fleet of 3,650 waste collection and haulage vehicles in Ontario that consume about 130 million litres of diesel per year, there is a significant opportunity to reduce emissions by transitioning the industry to low-carbon renewable fuels.
A new report prepared by Stonecrest Engineering for Agricultural and Agri-food Canada explores the potential for small to medium-scale farms to produce energy from biogas. This project seeks to explore and understand the barriers to using anaerobic digestion to reduce greenhouse gas – in particular methane - emissions from livestock production. This will include a specific look at the potential for small to medium scale farms that are not located near a natural gas pipeline to convert manure and other agricultural waste, and off-farm material, into renewable energy to meet on-farm or local energy needs. The report is available by request.More News
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The recent report, Hitting Canada’s Climate Targets with Biogas & RNG, identified the optimal policy mix for leveraging biogas & RNG to meet Canada’s climate goals is a renewable gas mandate combined with a carbon offsets system that allows credits to be generated for the destruction of methane in landfills and agriculture.Continue reading…
Hydron is innovating biogas upgrading with a low-cost, scalable gas separation technology. Launched in late 2020, Hydron’s founder was intent on leveraging his chemical engineering experience and extensive patents for the purpose of helping hard-to-decarbonize sectors such as transportation meet net-zero requirements. From this vantage point, Hydron is quickly accelerating from start-up status to a company focused on product commercialization by transforming its barren North Vancouver headquarters into a product development and manufacturing facility with R&D labs.Continue reading…