Enbridge Gas and Ontario Waste Management Association Announce RNG Project to Decarbonize Waste Collection Trucks

The successful launch of this innovative technology will significantly reduce emissions in from Ontario transport sector

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

TORONTO, April 12, 2022 /CNW/ – Enbridge Gas Inc., in agreement with the Ontario Waste Management Association (OWMA), is pleased to announce a pilot project to use low-carbon renewable natural gas (RNG) in collection vehicles waste through Ontario. RNG is a carbon-neutral fuel source that offers a tremendous opportunity to help Ontario meet its greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.

Currently, more than 40% of from Ontario waste sector expenses are linked to transport costs, which are expected to increase. While the sector has made significant contributions to sustainability by supporting waste diversion efforts, there is an opportunity to build on this success and continue to invest in a green future.

With a fleet of 3,650 waste collection and transport vehicles in Ontario which consume around 130 million liters of diesel per year, there is a significant opportunity to reduce emissions by shifting industry to low-carbon renewable fuels.

RNG is an affordable, safe and reliable alternative clean energy fuel that takes advantage of existing natural gas infrastructure. Because it can be powered by waste, it has the added benefit of diverting waste from landfills and in some cases leading to negative carbon emissions, helping to create a circular economy.

The constant and accelerated growth of RNG production in Ontario enables industry organizations like the OWMA to show leadership in diesel replacement and supports its vision to collaborate with community stakeholders to advance best practices in waste management. For example, this RNG opportunity will enable existing gasoline-powered waste vehicles to achieve near-zero emissions and enable existing fleets to achieve a total of 56,000 tonnes of annual greenhouse gas emission reductions ( GHG) in Ontario, which is roughly equivalent to removing 12,000 passenger cars. off road every year.

An ambitious program to increase the use of RNG in waste transport could result in a significant annual reduction of 440,000 tonnes of GHG emissions, roughly equivalent to removing 100,000 passenger cars from the road every year, and from Ontario the waste industry is poised to lead the country in the effort to green the heavy haul sector.

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“Renewable natural gas now plays a role in from Ontario switch to sustainable low-carbon energy solutions. This is an important example of the investments Enbridge Gas is making in multiple markets to green the natural gas system, while continuing to meet demand for safe, reliable and affordable energy. We are proud to have provided early support for this pilot project which is changing the face of the industry and contributing to the decarbonisation of one of the from Ontario most emitting sectors. »

Malini GiridharVice President, Business Development and Regulatory, Enbridge Gas Inc.

“There is a strong signal that now is the time to act in our industry and ensure that we harness the economic and environmental value of low carbon fuels. from Ontario the waste sector wants to do its part in reducing emissions and recovering more resources from waste. This partnership is the start of a generational transformation in how we better manage waste to achieve a low-carbon future.”

Mike ChopowickCEO, Ontario Waste Management Association

“We are delighted to be part of this initiative. CNGVA member fleets are already contributing to the reduction of emissions in from Ontario waste management sector. To date, the annual emission reductions of from Ontario 600 gas-powered garbage vehicles include a 90% reduction in combustion emissions that create smog and other health effects. In addition, these vehicles also reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10,000 tons per year, which is equivalent to removing 2,000 cars from from Ontario roads. This industry is already leading in emissions reductions and is ready to support further emissions reductions in the commercial transportation sector. »

Bruce WinchesterExecutive Director, CNGVA

“As a global group of professionals, we are committed to solving the world’s greatest challenges in water, energy and urbanization. Currently, Ontarians generate nearly 4 million tonnes of waste food and organic food per year. There is a significant opportunity for us to improve resource recovery from waste, reduce emissions from vehicle fuels and conserve from Ontario increasingly scarce landfill capacity to ensure a greener future for all Ontarians. »

Robert DysiewiczGlobal Business Innovation Leader, GHD

“We are proud to be one of the world’s leading clean energy hubs through innovative solutions and partnerships like this that help decarbonize from Ontario heavy transport sector. Low-carbon energy solutions like renewable natural gas play an important role in supporting our province’s greenhouse gas reduction goals, while helping us build a greener, healthier future for all. Ontarians. »

Todd Smith, from Ontario Minister of Energy

“Reducing emissions to combat climate change and its impacts on our province is a top priority for our government. Initiatives like this – the decarbonisation of waste collection trucks – will play an important role in our efforts to reduce from Ontario greenhouse gas emissions and meet our 2030 goals. I would like to thank Enbridge and the Ontario Waste Management Association for their tremendous work on this project. Together, we will build a cleaner, greener province for generations to come. »

David PiciniMinister of Environment, Conservation and Parks

About Enbridge Gas Inc.

Enbridge Gas is from Canada largest natural gas storage, transmission and distribution company based in Ontario, with over 170 years of customer service. Distribution business provides safe, affordable and reliable power to approximately 3.8 million homes, businesses and industries and leads the transition to a clean energy future through net-zero emissions targets and investments in solutions innovative low-carbon energy sources. The storage and transportation business provides a variety of storage and transportation services to customers of the Dawn Hub, the largest integrated underground storage facility in Canada and one of the greatest North America. Enbridge Gas is owned by Enbridge Inc., a Canadian leader in energy transmission and distribution. For more information, visit enbridgegas.com.

About the Ontario Waste Management Association

The Ontario Waste Management Association (OWMA) is the province’s largest and most effective environmental services association representing the waste management and recycling industry. Its members include more than 250 companies and organizations from the private and public sectors, which manage 85% of the from Ontario waste. The association works with its members to develop detailed research and provide expert advice with the aim of recovering resources, combating climate change and fostering investment and innovation in the management sector. waste. The OWMA also provides members with networking opportunities while supporting their professional development and career growth with educational events and webinars. For more information visit www.owma.org.

About CNGVA

The Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance (CNGVA) is a national association with a mandate to support and assist fleets in achieving emission reduction targets through the use of gaseous fuels. With a membership that includes a full value chain: from producers, fuel and equipment suppliers, consultants and fleets – CNGVA members have the knowledge and knowledge to unlock emissions reduction opportunities for commercial fleets. CNGVA member fleets include several in the waste industry and others in from Canada commercial transportation sector.

About GHD

GHD is a leading professional services firm operating in the global water, energy and resources, environment, real estate and buildings, and transportation markets. GHD provides consulting, digital, engineering, architectural, environmental and construction solutions to public and private sector clients. Founded in 1928 and privately owned by its employees, GHD’s network of more than 10,000 specialists is connected through 200 offices located on five continents. www.ghd.com.

SOURCE Enbridge Gas Inc.

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