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 delivered 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.
Biogas and Renewable Natural Gas in Ontario: 2019 Market Overview and Outlook published June 2019 quantifies the development of biogas and RNG production facilities in Ontario reflecting on the past, present and future activity in the space. This report established a baseline for the biogas sector in Ontario to measure against future progress. While continuous efforts are made to better understand certain aspects of the sector, this reports offers an initial picture that identifies current capacities, future needs, and barriers hindering the growth and sustainability of the sector.
The Canadian Biogas Association developed the below reference sheets and infographics to explain emerging policies and markets for education and skills development.
The Canadian Biogas Association hosted three half-day seminars in 2018 and 2019 as part of a series of targeted communications for municipal and public-sector staff.
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:
The second seminar, Food and Organic Waste Framework: Requirements and Opportunities for Municipalities, was held on November 15th in Toronto with over 50 attendees. The seminar discussed new requirements for municipalities related to the food and organic waste policy statement and the current state of organic management and RNG in Ontario. Attendees learned how municipalities are preparing to meet requirements under the policy statement, and the status of food waste recovery in the non-residential sector. Links to materials developed for the seminar are available below:
The third seminar, Developing a Voluntary RNG Market in Ontario, was held on May 10th, 2019 in Toronto with over 40 attendees. The Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan released November 2018 included an initiative to require natural gas utilities to implement a voluntary renewable natural gas (RNG) option for customers The seminar discussed common elements of voluntary RNG programs, examples from other jurisdictions, and what is being proposed in Ontario. Attendees learned about factors inflecting participation in voluntary RNG programs, requirements for producers, average cost to customers, and the details of Enbridge Gas Inc. voluntary RNG proposal.
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.