The City of Vancouver and FortisBC last week provided an update on a construction project now underway for a new Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) facility at the landfill in Delta. The system will clean the landfill gas (LFG) so that it can be injected into the natural gas pipeline as RNG.
The reduction in emissions as a result of the project is expected to be equivalent to up to 12,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to taking 2,600 cars off the road each year, according to a news release. Construction and commissioning of the RNG facility may take approximately 12 to 15 months to complete.
“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,” said Roger Dall’Antonia, president and CEO of FortisBC. “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.”
FortisBC notes that when organic waste decomposes, it releases greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, but the utility it is working with suppliers, like farmers, landfill operators, and local governments, to capture and turn the gases into RNG to displace conventional natural gas.
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