LETHBRIDGE, ALTA. — Southern Alberta will soon be the site that will turn agricultural waste into renewable fuels.
The facility, which is receiving funding from the Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction (TIER) fund, would be the first of its kind on Canada.
The province is using $4.7 million from the TIER fund through Emissions Reduction Alberta to build a $28.6-million facility in Lethbridge County that will produce an estimated 70 million litres of renewable fuel. The facility would transform local agricultural waste, inedible animal fats and used cooking oil into biodiesel fuel and glycerin.
Officials expect the facility will buy more than $375 million of local feedstock from farmers over the next five years, generating about $500 million in revenue and supporting up to 130 local jobs in fields like engineering, construction and transportation. It will also cut about 224,000 tonnes of emissions each year – the same as reducing emissions from the electricity used by 41,000 homes.
The facility’s biodiesel will have up to one-third the carbon intensity of petroleum diesel. The renewable fuel produced at the facility has also been pre-sold to a leading Canadian supplier of biodiesel whose customers include fuel retailers, wholesalers, distributors and fleet managers across Canada and the United States.