On December 11, the Government of Canada released it’s plan, A Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy, that builds on the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. Notably the plan narrows the Clean Fuel Standard’s scope to liquid fuels and removes regulatory signals for gaseous fuels. Biogas and RNG are still eligible in the liquid stream in a much larger market (23Mt vs 7Mt) and potentially higher value. The plan also includes financial incentive in the form of a $1.5 billion investment in low-carbon and zero-emission fuels fund that includes RNG.
On December 19, the Government of Canada published the Proposed Clean Fuel Regulations (pg. 3868) in the Canada Gazette, Part I. The proposed Regulations will require liquid fossil fuel primary suppliers (producers and importers) to reduce the carbon intensity of their fuels used in Canada from 2016 levels by 2.4 gCO2e/MJ in 2022 increasing to a 12 gCO2e/MJ reduction in 2030. This represents a decrease of about 13% below 2016 levels in the carbon intensity of liquid fuels used in Canada by 2030. The proposed Regulations are subject to a 75-day comment period, which ends on March 4, 2021.
StormFisher Biogas, headquartered in London, Ontario, recently opened a new Resource Recovery Centre in southwestern Ontario. The new facility, located in the Village of Drumbo, receives and processes municipal source separated organics and packaged food waste. The incoming material is processed and is then supplied to either StormFisher’s anaerobic digesters in London or is sent to third party digesters.