CBA Updates

First 2021 Value of Biogas Conference Only Four Weeks Away!

The countdown is on for the January 2021 Value of Biogas Conference happening in just four weeks on January 19-21! The program showcases speakers from around the world on important topics to advance the growth of biogas and renewable natural gas in Canada and beyond. The second 2021 Value of Biogas Conference on April 25-27 offers a distinct and engaging program. Participants have an option to register for one conference, either January or April, or register for both conferences and receive a 10% discount.

CBA Launches New Insights Section

In December, the CBA launched a new section on the website. “Insights” articles will be posted on a regular basis to contextualize important new information and announcements through the lens of Canada’s biogas opportunity. On December 17, the first Insights article was posted Two Ways That Biogas Can Unlock Canada’s Hydrogen Potential to discuss how biogas is the missing link that can allow Canada to immediately tap a reliable energy source, get quick greenhouse gas emission reductions, and support the increasing integration of hydrogen.

Ontario Low-Carbon Hydrogen Strategy

The Ontario government released a discussion paper for public consultation that will inform the creation of the province’s first hydrogen strategy. The paper sets out a vision for a new hydrogen economy in the province - one that will attract investment, and lead to more job creation, while helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions using low-carbon hydrogen. The discussion paper recognizes biogas from landfills and anaerobic digestion facilities as a regional opportunity to produce and advance hydrogen in Ontario. The CBA is preparing a response and welcomes contributions from members until January 8th, 2021.

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News

A Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy

On December 11, the Government of Canada released it’s plan, A Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy, that builds on the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.  Notably the plan narrows the Clean Fuel Standard’s scope to liquid fuels and removes regulatory signals for gaseous fuels. Biogas and RNG are still eligible in the liquid stream in a much larger market (23Mt vs 7Mt) and potentially higher value. The plan also includes financial incentive in the form of a $1.5 billion investment in low-carbon and zero-emission fuels fund that includes RNG.

Proposed Clean Fuel Standard Regulations

On December 19, the Government of Canada published the Proposed Clean Fuel Regulations (pg. 3868) in the Canada Gazette, Part I. The proposed Regulations will require liquid fossil fuel primary suppliers (producers and importers) to reduce the carbon intensity of their fuels used in Canada from 2016 levels by 2.4 gCO2e/MJ in 2022 increasing to a 12 gCO2e/MJ reduction in 2030. This represents a decrease of about 13% below 2016 levels in the carbon intensity of liquid fuels used in Canada by 2030.  The proposed Regulations are subject to a 75-day comment period, which ends on March 4, 2021.

StormFisher to Open Source Separated Organics Processing Centre in Southwestern Ontario

StormFisher Biogas, headquartered in London, Ontario, recently opened a new Resource Recovery Centre in southwestern Ontario.  The new facility, located in the Village of Drumbo, receives and processes municipal source separated organics and packaged food waste.  The incoming material is processed and is then supplied to either StormFisher’s anaerobic digesters in London or is sent to third party digesters.

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Events

Progress in the Treatment and Application of Manure and Digestate Products

January 25-27, Online

2021 Virtual Value of Biogas Conferences

January 19-21, Online
April 27-29, Online

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Insights

December 22

Canada’s New Climate Plan has a Blind Spot

On December 11, the federal government announced a “strengthened” climate plan that, for the first time, promises the tools necessary to meet Canada’s 2030 commitments under the Paris Agreement. The new plan’s hallmark feature is a steeper rise in the carbon tax, from $30 per tonne in 2020 to $170 per tonne in 2030. The plan also includes $15 billion to incentivize emissions reductions in sectors like agriculture, oil and gas, and transportation.

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Featured Member

November 27

AB Energy Canada

AB Energy Canada

AB Energy Canada is an experienced, leading distributor of compact, modular, and versatile power systems for biogas facilities. AB Energy Canada is the Canadian arm of Gruppo AB, a global manufacturer of energy systems including cogeneration from biogas and natural gas and the conversion of biogas to renewable natural gas (RNG). Gruppo AB is headquartered in Italy with a multinational presence.

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