How can we create renewable energy from what we waste?

A family making dinner together while a boy placed kitchen scraps into a compost bin. (20-064.18)

Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) is not just about turning foods scraps into renewable energy. It’s about harvesting methane from farm waste that would otherwise go into the atmosphere. It’s making energy out of wood waste. It’s taking trash and using it to power cleaner vehicles. We're transforming organic waste from homes and farms into biogas, that's primarily methane, and we continue to build partnerships to reduce emissions through a broad range of innovative Renewable Natural Gas projects.

What is Renewable Natural Gas?

Creating biogas from wood waste

Instead of burning our wood waste, we can reap a second harvest from it. Located near Fruitvale, BC, the REN Energy Wood Waste project will be the first facility of its kind in North America. Using waste from forestry operations and sawmills, the project creates carbon-neutral RNG, a process that captures the methane released from decomposing organic wood waste. Once fully operational in 2022, it will be the largest RNG project in BC to date, representing a major opportunity for BC’s forestry industry. It’s significant to our 30BY30 goals as it gives us a new means to reduce emissions, by turning waste that could have been a potential carbon emitter into a renewable energy source.

Renewing waste from wastewater

In partnership with the Metro Vancouver, the Lulu Island Wastewater Treatment Plant will take biogas produced from the anaerobic digestion of organic material in wastewater—made by bacteria—and turn it into renewable gas. The first of its kind in BC, the Lulu Island facility points to a lower GHG emission model that other municipalities can adopt in the future.

Tapping into landfills as a renewable energy resource

It sounds counterintuitive to suggest that a landfill might be able to reduce some of its harmful impact on the environment. But when life gives you garbage, the Vancouver Landfill captures the methane produced there and turns it into biogas. It’s a significant RNG project, complementing the strong ongoing partnerships between the City of Vancouver and FortisBC.

Exploring inter-provincial renewable gas deals

In addition to supporting a strong RNG industry in BC, we’ve also signed our first supplementary supply agreements to purchase RNG from Alberta and Ontario. Developing cleaner energy across the country improves best practices for the entire industry, raising the bar for renewables everywhere. All of our efforts combined help us move towards a 15 per cent renewable gas supply to offset other energy sources, getting us closer to our 30BY30 target by 2030.

Set your own target

Find out how you can get involved to help reach our 30BY30 target.