In October, Peel Regional Council decided to build a new anaerobic digestion (AD) facility for Peel Region residents’ green bin waste. The Region also increased its 3Rs waste diversion target from 60% to 75%, which puts additional focus on effective organic material collection and treatment.
In January 2016, the Region will start to collect garbage and recycling on alternating weeks, instead of weekly, and it is currently distributing new green carts that are more than twice the size of the original bins. These moves are intended to increase the participation rate in the green bin program. The Region will also need to build new infrastructure, and Council endorsed AD as the solution.
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The Canadian Biogas Association is co-host to an exciting biogas and RNG event in Abbotsford, BC that has expanded to include municipalities due to our involvement. As part of its new national mandate, the Canadian Biogas Association has contributed to the Agricultural and Municipal Biogas Forum: Closing the Loop event development, coordination and promotion.
The Canadian Biogas Association now has a national map of AD sites. Interest is high among government officials and others for this data, particularly as the biogas sector grows.
As the Ontario government contemplates organic waste diversion from landfill, several organizations have come together to make recommendations. A comprehensive submission, ReThink Organic Waste, has been submitted to the Ontario government by the Ontario Waste Management Association, the Canadian Biogas Association, the Compost Council of Canada, and others. The organizations consider it best to approach government with a common voice.
The strategy sets out Ontario’s vision for combating climate change and achieving a GHG reduction target of 80 per cent below 1990 levels by 2050. A separate five-year action plan to be released in 2016 will include specific commitments for meeting Ontario’s 2020 emissions reduction target and establish the necessary framework to meet 2030 and 2050 targets.
On November 12 & 13th, MOECC presented their Cap and Trade Design options for Ontario soliciting stakeholder input. In a detailed presentation, MOECC outlines the principles and fundamentals of how Ontario will operate its cap and trade market. More critical to the biogas sector will be the associated policies that assist the province in meeting its climate change goals. Waste management policies and policies that may assist in development of RNG in Ontario are of particular relevance. Here is a good summary of the cap and trade program.
On October 28, 2015, Ontario Minister of Energy John Chiarelli introduced Bill 135, which is titled the Energy Statute Amendment Act, 2015. The proposed new legislation proposes a number of changes to the Green Energy Act, 2009, the Electricity Act, 1998 and the Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998. The proposed new legislation addresses a number of topics.
Greenlane Biogas has signed a distribution agreement with Sysadvance, a Portuguese company specializing in advanced gas separation systems that utilize pressure swing adsorption (PSA) technology. The agreement will allow Greenlane to distribute Sysadvance products in Canada, U.S. and MexicoMore News