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.
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.
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:
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.