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Enbridge Gas and the Ontario Waste Management Association announce new RNG project

RNG can divert waste from landfills, and in some cases result in carbon-negative emissions, which contributes to the creation of a circular economy.

April 12, 2022   by CM Staff

Renewable natural gas (RNG) is a carbon-neutral energy source that provides a tremendous opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the waste collection sector. (CNW Group/Enbridge Gas Inc.)

TORONTO — Enbridge Gas Inc., in agreement with the Ontario Waste Management Association (OWMA), announces a pilot project to use low-carbon renewable natural gas (RNG) in waste collection vehicles across Ontario. RNG is a carbon-neutral fuel source that presents an opportunity to help Ontario reach its greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets.

Currently, more than 40 percent of Ontario’s waste sector expenditures are related to transportation costs, which are expected to increase. While the sector has made contributions to sustainability by supporting waste diversion efforts there is room to build on that success and continue investing in a green future.

With a fleet of 3,650 waste collection and haulage vehicles in Ontario that consume about 130 million litres of diesel per year, there is an opportunity to reduce emissions by transitioning the industry to low-carbon renewable fuels.

RNG is an alternative clean energy fuel that leverages existing natural gas infrastructure. Because it can be powered by waste, it can divert waste from landfills, and in some cases result in carbon-negative emissions, which contributes to the creation of a circular economy.

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The steady and accelerating growth of RNG production in Ontario enables industry organizations like OWMA to help displace diesel and supports its vision to collaborate with community stakeholders to advance best practices in waste management.

“Renewable natural gas is now playing a role in Ontario’s shift to lower–carbon, sustainable energy solutions. It is an important example of the investments Enbridge Gas is making across multiple markets to green the natural gas grid, while continuing to meet the demand for safe, reliable and affordable energy. We are proud to have provided early support to this pilot that is changing the face of the industry and contributing to the decarbonization of one of Ontario’s highest emitting sectors.” said Malini Giridhar, VP, Business Development & Regulatory, Enbridge Gas Inc.


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