On March 4th, the City of Hamilton and Enbridge Gas publicly announced the first renewable natural gas (RNG) fuelled bus in Ontario. Hamilton Street Railway (HSR) is now the first public transportation authority in Ontario to use RNG, to transport customers. In one year, the HSR RNG bus will use and divert 450 tonnes of organic waste from the landfill. That’s equivalent to 138 garbage trucks, while also displacing CO2 emissions from 36,000 litres of diesel consumed in a year.
On March 15th, Metro Vancouver and FortisBC Energy Inc. announced they’ve agreed to work together to achieve regional climate-action goals and showcase a new facility that will recover more energy from liquid wastewater treatment. The new Lulu Island Renewable Natural Gas Facility, located in Richmond, B.C., at Metro Vancouver’s Lulu Island Wastewater Treatment Plant site, now allows the unused biogas to be cleaned, stored and sold to purchasers such as FortisBC as Renewable Natural Gas (RNG).
The World Biogas Association (WBA) recently released a new report Biogas: Pathways to 2030 that maps out how biogas can effectively cut global emission by 10% by 2030. Often overlooked, organic waste represents a key sector in urgent need of decarbonisation. Humans directly or indirectly generate over 105 billion tonnes of organic wastes globally each year, all of which release harmful methane and other greenhouse gas emissions directly into the atmosphere as they decompose. David Newman, President of the World Biogas Association states “If we do not address methane emission from organic wastes all our efforts to tackle the climate crisis will fail. Anaerobic digestion is one of the ready to go, ready to scale technologies that can do this. The path we must take is clear.”