Enbridge Gas and the Ontario Waste Management Association (OWMA) have announced a pilot RNG project to decarbonise waste collection trucks.
More than 40% of Ontario’s waste sector expenditures are related to transportation costs, which are expected to rise. With a fleet of 3,650 waste collection and haulage vehicles in Ontario which consumes approximately 130 million litres of diesel per year, there is a significant opportunity to reduce emissions by transitioning the industry to low-carbon renewable fuels.
“RNG is now playing a role in Ontario’s shift to lower carbon, sustainable energy solutions,” said Malini Giridhar, vice-president of business development and regulatory at Enbridge Gas.
“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 decarbonisation of one of Ontario’s highest emitting sectors.”
This RNG opportunity will enable existing gas-fuelled waste vehicles to attain near-zero emissions and will enable existing fleets to attain a total of 56,000 tonnes of annual greenhouse gas emissions reductions in Ontario, equivalent to removing around 12,000 passenger cars off the road each year.
Mike Chopowick, CEO of OWMA, commented: “There is a strong signal that the time to act in our industry is now and we must harness the economic and environmental value of low-carbon fuels.
“Ontario’s waste sector wants to do its part in reducing emissions and recover more resources from waste. This partnership is the beginning of a generational transformation of how we better manage waste to achieve a low-carbon future.”