While Canada’s biogas production has grown exponentially over the past 10 years, every analysis is clear that the vast majority of Canada’s biogas potential remains untapped. A number of studies have been conducted over the past several years to calculate the available biogas resources across Canada. The most recent, and perhaps most authoritative to date, is a study commissioned by Natural Resources Canada and completed in March 2020 by TorchLight Bioresources. The study calculates regional feedstock availability for RNG. The Torchlight study calculates that 155 PJ of biogas energy from RNG is realistically available. The study estimates an additional 654 PJ of potential RNG that is less commercially feasible because of competing feedstock demands, logistical constraints and economic viability. Sticking with what is realistically available, it means Canada could efficiently tap up to 155 PJ of RNG, the equivalent of 100 large hydro dams.
Biogas is a clean-tech solution that continues to offer innovation to the agricultural, municipal and waste management sectors. Biogas technologies can develop in a small footprint, and function compatibly with existing operations. Biogas offers economic and social stimulus to Canadians and plays important roles in local communities, including investment in innovation, advancement in clean technologies, engagement of youth, and job creation. The required components and services are available across Canada. Biogas production generates diverse revenue streams for farms, industries and municipalities, creates new jobs in the green economy and offers attractive investment opportunities.
Realizing the full potential of biogas development can lead to 1,800 separate construction projects with a capital investment of $7 billion and economic spin-off of $21 billion to the Canadian economy; close to 17,000 construction jobs for a period of one year, and 2,650 on-going long term operational jobs, and; 100 new and expanded Canadian companies, including biogas system designers and developers, equipment suppliers, and laboratories.