SURREY, B.C. – FortisBC Energy Inc. and the City of Vancouver are working together on the construction of a renewable natural gas facility at the city’s landfill in Delta, B.C.
When organic waste decomposes it releases greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and those gases can be captured and turned into renewable natural gas (RNG) rather than conventional natural gas.
“This is our largest RNG project to date and the RNG generated from the landfill will be delivered into the local gas distribution system as a low-carbon energy source. FortisBC is partnering with municipalities, like the City of Vancouver, farms, and other sources of organic waste so that we can increase our supply of RNG to decarbonize the gas system. It is a key way that we’re taking waste that would otherwise add methane into the atmosphere and turning it into an energy source that will displace conventional natural gas thereby reducing emissions overall,” said FortisBC president and CEO Roger Dall’Antonia in a statement.
The City of Vancouver uses RNG in its buildings, fleet and its Neighbourhood Energy Utility as a tool to reduce its own carbon emissions, the release said.
“As our city looks to reduce emissions and tackle the challenge of reducing our reliance on fossil fuels – it’s awesome to see exciting innovation that will make a difference. This new RNG facility at the Vancouver Landfill is exactly the type of project that will help Vancouver grow our economy while helping to shrink our emissions,” Vancouver Mayor Ken Sim said.
The reduction in emissions as a result of the project is expected to be equivalent to up to 12,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide. Construction and commissioning of the RNG facility may take approximately 12 to 15 months to complete, the release said.