On October 23, the Government of Canada announced further details on the federal carbon pollution pricing backstop. Under the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, adopted on June 21, 2018, the federal backstop has two parts: (1) a regulatory charge on fuel (fuel charge) starting in April 2019 in backstop provinces; and, (2) a regulatory trading system for large industry – the federal output-based pricing system (OBPS) starting in January 2019 in backstop provinces that include Ontario, New Brunswick, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.
The Metro Vancouver Board recently approved the Climate 2050 Strategic Framework. This Framework sets a 30-year vision for Metro Vancouver’s climate policies and actions, ensuring infrastructure, ecosystems and communities are resilient to the impacts of climate change, and pursuing the regional target of 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 2007 levels by 2050. This plan includes recommendations to switch to low carbon fuels like RNG to reduce GHG emissions in buildings, transportation and industry.
Real Agriculture shared an informative video about Harcolm Farms “mini” digester that provides an opportunity to make the farm carbon neutral and also produce enough electricity to power the 72-cow milking operation, with the option to sell surplus electricity back to the Ontario grid.
The International Energy Agency’s (IEA) current market forecast has predicted that modern bioenergy will have the biggest growth in renewable resources between 2018 and 2023. According to the IEA’s market analysis and forecast report, renewables are to continue increasing over the next 5 years and will be covering 40% of global energy consumption growth. They are mostly increasing within the electricity sector and are set to account for almost a third of the world electricity generation in 2023.