Canada is now home to 279 biogas projects following a decade of ‘rapid growth’, according to recent figures.
In its Canadian 2020 Biogas Market Report, the Canadian Biogas Association (CBA) reported that the sector grew by almost 50% between 2011 and 2020.
The 279 projects currently operational in the country are capturing waste methane from agricultural waste, landfills, green bin programmes and municipal wastewater treatment facilities, transforming it into 196 MW of clean electricity and 6 million GJ of renewable natural gas (RNG), equivalent to roughly 300,000,000 m2 of solar panels or more than nine large hydro dams.
“It’s more important than ever that we tell Canada’s biogas story,” said Jennifer Green, executive director of the CBA. “Biogas can deliver reliable and clean energy while reducing Canada’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and driving economic development in both urban and rural areas.
“Biogas is a full package solution for Canada’s climate targets, and the good news is there’s an opportunity for much more of it. Research says that Canada could efficiently tap more than eight times more energy from biogas and RNG, that is the goal that the CBA is dedicated to helping achieve.”
According to the CBA, the biogas sector is poised for another decade of growth. The Canadian 2020 Biogas Market Report estimates the country is tapping only 13% of its easily accessible biogas potential. The 2020s will drive new biogas growth, with demand for RNG increasing ‘rapidly’, thanks in part to climate and clean energy policies at national and provincial levels, such as RNG mandates in British Columbia and Quebec.
Studies have shown that biogas and RNG could reduce GHG emissions by 14 million tonnes in 2030 and 62 million tonnes in 2050.