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April 17, 2024

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Biogas and renewable natural gas development recognized as a top priority in Budget 2024 biofuel announcement

The Canadian Biogas Association (CBA) is pleased to see the development of Canada’s biogas & RNG industry included as a priority in today’s federal budget. The CBA is optimistic that the budget’s announcement of several new streams of funding for biofuel projects will begin to move the biogas & RNG industry forward. The announcement is a positive signal to our sector, which will create jobs and investment opportunities in Canada.

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February 28, 2024

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Raising Awareness for Biogas & RNG

Raising awareness is an integral part of the work the Canadian Biogas Association (CBA) is doing to broaden the understanding and adoption of biogas & RNG. Over the last few months, we’ve launched two campaigns to increase this awareness among different audiences.

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November 29, 2023

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Fall Economic Statement 2023 Falls Short of Needed Biogas & RNG Industry Support

On November 21, the federal government released its Fall Economic Statement (FES), providing an overview of the fiscal outlook and priority policies ahead of the upcoming spring Budget. FES 2023 provided a slimmed-down fiscal update that centered around the high cost of living and ultimately included very little new spending.

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November 14, 2023

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New Coalition Proposes Plan to Increase Supply and Demand for Clean Gas in Canada

A diverse collection of companies and organizations have come together to form the Clean Gas Coalition, led by the Canadian Biogas Association (CBA). The Coalition’s goal is to increase regulatory support for clean gas which includes biogas, renewable natural gas (RNG), and low-carbon hydrogen, by advocating for a federal Clean Gas Standard.

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June 28, 2023

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CBA and Members Well-Received on First Hill Day in Ottawa

The Canadian Biogas Association (CBA) and some of our members were on Parliament Hill in early June for two days of engagement with government officials, MPs, Ministers’ offices, and Senators. The busy schedule included meetings and an evening reception, with remarks delivered by Executive Director Jennifer Green.

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March 28, 2023

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Budget 2023 fails to keep Canadian biogas producers competitive

On March 28, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. Chrystia Freeland, delivered Budget 2023 - A Made-in-Canada Plan: Strong Middle Class, Affordable Economy, Healthy Future in the House of Commons. This budget provided further details on Canada’s response to the American Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), but much like the Fall Economic Statement (FES) 2022 it fails to put Canada on an even footing.

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February 17, 2023

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Making Budget 2023 Work for Biogas & RNG

With the release of the 2022 Fall Economic Statement in November, all eyes are on Budget 2023 to see how Finance Canada will respond to the American Inflation Reduction Act and finalize incentives for clean technologies.

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November 09, 2022

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Finance Canada’s new Investment Tax Credit Missing a Tool in its Emission Reduction Toolbox

On November 3rd, 2022, the federal government released the 2022 Fall Economic Statement (FES). The statement outlines the state of the Canadian economy and provided key details on promises made in Budget 2022.

Specifically, the FES provided details on programs designed to spur investment in Canada’s clean fuels sector which has needed support to attract investment after the passage of the American Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) which was signed into law by President Joe Biden in August of this year. The IRA contains massive investments and tax credits designed to spur growth in the green economy in the U.S.

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July 11, 2022

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The newly released Clean Fuel Regulations are a step forward, but there is still work to be done to decarbonize gaseous fuels

Last week, Environment and Climate Change Canada released the Clean Fuel Regulations (CFR); filling a key mandate promise from Prime Minister Trudeau after nearly five years since the regulations were first circulated in a discussion paper. The finalized CFR is a key component of Canada’s ambitious climate plan, and part of a multi-pronged approach to achieving Canada’s climate targets by 2050. The CFR aims to gradually reduce the lifecycle carbon intensity of liquid fossil fuels energy used across the country, working to achieve 20 million tons in annual reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030, towards a path to net-zero emissions by 2050. The Regulations, alongside existing plans like the Emissions Reduction Plan and Canada’s recent commitment to the Global Methane Pledge are part of an integrated approach to practically and effectively reducing GHG emissions across all emission-heavy sectors while also contributing to energy security, carbon mitigation, air quality and sustainable industry in the long-term.

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May 24, 2022

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Everything you need to know about Carbon Offset Systems for Biogas & RNG

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.

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April 20, 2022

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Budget 2022: What it 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. Here are five key areas that are relevant for biogas & RNG:

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March 30, 2022

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Everything you need to know about a Renewable Gas Mandate

A renewable gas mandate is a regulation that requires natural gas distributors to gradually replace conventional natural gas with renewable substitutes like renewable natural gas (RNG), low-carbon hydrogen and synthetic gas. As such, it is an effective tool for decarbonizing conventional natural gas systems. This could be a particularly useful tool in Canada, where almost two thirds of Canadians count on natural gas for energy needs, but where conventional natural gas also accounts for 160 Mt of greenhouse gas pollution, or more than one fifth of Canada’s total.

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November 18, 2021

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Canada can beat its new methane goals with biogas and RNG

While we continue to dissect the results of the UN’s 26th climate summit, there is one issue on which everyone agrees critical progress has been made: methane emissions.

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September 24, 2021

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Post-election 2021

Five ways that Biogas and RNG can support the new federal government’s goals

After six weeks of examining the differences among Canada’s major federal parties, let’s take a moment to appreciate a major point of consensus: the need for more clean energy to drive towards increasingly ambitious climate goals.

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April 30, 2021

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Budget 2021 Boosts the Role of Biogas in Canada’s Economic Recovery

On April 19, the federal government tabled its budget for 2021. Being the first federal budget since the COVID pandemic began, it’s been styled as the “recovery” budget, proposing targeted spending to stimulate the economy, create jobs and drive a durable recovery.

Biogas will be an important part of this recovery.

Modelling shows that biogas projects can generate good jobs and strong economic activity across Canada, including in both rural and urban regions, and including in some of the regions hit hardest by the pandemic.

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