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The Canadian city says it is committed to reducing greenhouse gas and will be using the RNG in its buildings, vehicles and the Neighbourhood Energy Utility.
The city of Vancouver has been granted regulatory approval to produce renewable natural gas (RNG) at the city’s landfill site in Delta.
The joint project aligns with the city’s and utility FortisBC’s shared commitment to develop more renewable energy and support the broader greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals outlined in the province’s CleanBC (British Columbia) strategy.
Vancouver said it is committed to using the RNG in its buildings, vehicles and the Neighbourhood Energy Utility.
Following the approval from the British Columbia Utilities Commission, construction of the biogas facility will begin in 2020 and take approximately 18 to 24 months to complete.
In the autumn of 2017, FortisBC and the city established a memorandum of understanding which highlighted a range of activities over the next five years designed to reduce GHG emissions. This project further solidifies that effort by boosting RNG supply and use in Vancouver.
“This is a significant step forward in our ongoing efforts to maximise the beneficial use of the gas we recover at the landfill,” said Cheryl Nelms, acting general manager for engineering services for the city of Vancouver.
“Conversion of landfill gas to RNG, which can then be used in city vehicles and facilities, supports our efforts to address the climate emergency and cut carbon pollution by 50 per cent by 2030.”
FortisBC works with local farmers and municipalities to capture and purify biogas created by decomposing organic matter to create RNG.
“This is our largest RNG project to date and the RNG generated from the landfill will be delivered into the local natural gas distribution system as a renewable source of energy”
According to FortisBC, this sustainable energy source blends seamlessly with conventional natural gas in its existing natural gas infrastructure, lowering the overall carbon intensity of the natural gas being delivered.
“This is our largest RNG project to date and the RNG generated from the landfill will be delivered into the local natural gas distribution system as a renewable source of energy,” added Douglas Stout, vice-president of external relations and market development, FortisBC.
“This new and substantial supply will bring us closer to our target of having 15 per cent of our gas supply be renewable by 2030.”
The expected additional annual emissions reduction from this project would be up to 12,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions (CO2e), which translates as taking approximately 2,600 cars off the road annually.
Since 2011, FortisBC claims its RNG customers have helped reduce CO2e by more than 26,800 tonnes which is equivalent to taking more than 5,600 cars off the road each year.
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