Empowering Municipal RNG Market Participation

With new and emerging policy driving opportunities around organics diversion, carbon markets, and renewable fuel, the Empowering Municipal RNG Market Participation initiative prepares municipalities and enhances their readiness to participate in a meaningful way in the new energy landscape of the circular, low-carbon economy.

This initiative delivers in-person seminars and educational materials to address the influences of government policy choices on renewable natural gas (RNG) project development and increase municipal participation in RNG projects through policy and energy market education and capacity building.

Municipal Renewable Natural Gas Seminars

The Canadian Biogas Association is hosting three half-day seminars in 2018 and 2019 as part of a series of targeted communications for municipal and public-sector staff.

Join us for the second seminar Food and Organic Waste Framework: Requirements and Opportunities for Municipalities on November 15th, 2018 from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm in at the Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall, Toronto, ON.

Program Overview

Arrival (8:30 – 9:00 am)

Current State of Organics Management & RNG in Ontario (9:00 – 9:30 am)
An overview on the current landscape in Ontario including the number of RNG projects, organics processing facilities and capacities, the current need and opportunity.

Food Waste Recovery in the Non-Residential Sector (9:30 – 10:00 am)
The Recycling Council of Ontario provides an overview on the status of Food Waste Recovery in the non-residential sector and shares the findings from their recent pilot to better manage edible food so it maintains and maximizes highest value, and optimize organics recycling and food recovery in a system that can be scaled and replicated in cities and towns across Canada

Break and Networking (10:00 – 10:15 am)

New Requirements related to Food and Organic Waste Policy Statement (10:15 – 10:45 am)
Learn about the new requirements for municipalities, service providers, and generators under the policy statement.

How Municipalities Can Meet Requirements (10:45-11:15 am)
Discussion on how municipalities can meet the requirements including information on by-laws, infrastructure, approvals, funding, multi-residential, ICI, and connecting to other infrastructure.

Ask the Industry - Panel (11:15 am – 12:15 pm)
Panelist address the topics that attendees most want to know. Attendees are invited to submit questions before the workshop on the Food and Organic Waste Framework and RNG. A panel of experts will discuss these topics with input from biogas industry members in the audience.

Closing Remarks (12:15 – 12:30 pm)

Seminar Materials

Moving Towards a Circular Economy - March 22, 2018

The first seminar, Moving Towards a Circular Economy, was held on March 22nd in Ottawa-Gatineau with over 100 attendees. The seminar discussed the push towards a circular economy and how municipalities can integrate this framework into their operation. The seminar looked at landfill organic waste bans and consider implications for municipalities and opportunities for RNG energy project development. Attendees learned about the value-added opportunity to convert organic feedstock into RNG, basic costs and considerations and lessons learned from other jurisdictions. Links to the presentations and resources are available below:


Learn about leading municipalities across Canada that are closing the loop with RNG. The article linked below written by the Canadian Biogas Association published in Bioenergy Insight’s September/October 2018 edition highlights cities across Canada that have made significant strides in 2018 in RNG development.


On May 26, 2016, the Ontario government announced funding for RNG development, and on June 8, 2016, the Ontario government released further details in its Climate Change Action Plan. It includes support for RNG development in sections 1.3 and 6.1, and supports CNG vehicles and fueling stations in sections 4.1 and 4.2.

This work builds on previous ground-breaking work by the CBA. In 2017, the CBA completed its RNG Outreach and Market Development initiative, which brought stakeholders together and educated municipal and public sector staff about this important renewable fuel recognized in Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan.