VANCOUVER – A landfill in B.C. will soon be turning more landfill emissions into renewable natural gas.
B.C. officials announced plans to invest $4.28 million to expand the Vancouver landfill’s gas-capture system through the CleanBC Industry Fund, with matching funds from the City of Vancouver. Renewable gas is created when organic materials naturally breakdown in landfill and release greenhouse gases, including methane and carbon dioxide.
“Through CleanBC, we’re making major investments that will reduce emissions and fight climate change,” said George Heyman, minister of environment and climate change strategy, in a release. “The Vancouver landfill project will remove an estimated 485,000 tonnes of carbon-dioxide equivalent over the next decade. This is a huge opportunity to replace fossil fuels and provide people, businesses and the city with low-carbon alternatives made from organic waste.”
Construction includes expanding the current landfill gas-collection system by installing a system of wells, collectors and piping to capture methane and carbon dioxide that would otherwise be vented to the atmosphere. Landfill gases will be transported for refining into usable renewable natural gas that will be sold to FortisBC and incorporated into the company’s natural-gas distribution system for residents, businesses and the city’s buildings, vehicles and neighbourhood energy utility.
“The Vancouver landfill project is our largest renewable natural gas project to date and a key part of our 30BY30 plan to reduce customers’ greenhouse gas emission by 30 per cent by 2030,” said Joe Mazza, vice-president of energy supply and resource development, FortisBC. “FortisBC is working with the province through CleanBC and making substantial investments in innovation, energy efficiency and renewable natural gas to ensure we build a cleaner economy together.”