October 18, 2018 Ottawa, Ontario Canadian Gas Association – The Canadian Gas Association (CGA) has received broad support from stakeholders encouraging the Government of Canada to endorse CGA’s federal policy proposal for a Renewable Gas Innovation Program. The proposal seeks a Federal Budget 2019 allocation of $750 million to support renewable gas project deployment, to facilitate technology commercialization, and to enhance federal laboratory renewable gas R&D capacity. To date, more than 35 letters of support have been sent to the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources Canada.
To advance the discussion further and to educate Canadians about the role of renewable gases, CGA has launched a social media campaign #CanadianRenewableGas via @GoSmartEnergy and LinkedIn. It includes factual information on renewable natural gas (RNG), hydrogen, and synthetic methane, and details on the role they can play in providing low emission energy for Canada. We encourage participation in the campaign #CanadianRenewableGas and offer more information on our website.
Looking forward, natural gas has an important and growing role to play in Canada’s long-term energy future. The National Energy Board forecasts that by 2040 natural gas will be the largest source of energy in Canada at 40 per cent of energy demand. With this demand growth, we see a significant opportunity to expand the Canadian renewable gas market.
Canada’s extensive underground natural gas infrastructure and untapped renewable gas opportunity position us well to achieve CGA’s May 2016 aspirational goals of 5 and 10 per cent RNG content by 2025 and 2030 respectively. However, in order to ensure success, sustained policy recognition and program support is required. For Canada, renewable gases offer a ready-now solution for reducing emissions from freight transportation, building heat, and industrial energy needs. By substituting just 5 per cent of Canada’s gas supply with renewable gases, it would reduce GHG’s by 10 – 14 megatonnes.
“Federal funding for the Canadian renewable gas market is a way to trigger the use of existing cost-effective energy infrastructure to meet emission-reduction targets. If the Government of Canada considers renewables a big part of our energy future, renewable gases should be part of the plan. We encourage the Government of Canada to support this funding request in Budget 2019.”
Timothy M. Egan, President and CEO, Canadian Gas Association
“Canadian gas utilities are leaders in the effort to reduce emissions. Renewable gases offer a significant opportunity to do even more on that agenda, and CGA members hope the Government of Canada will commit the resources to work with us on it.”
Steve Baker, President, Union Gas, Chair of the Board, Canadian Gas Association
“Canadian policy makers need innovative market tools to support their goals to reduce GHG emissions. Renewable gases are an untapped opportunity for Canada. Xebec has the knowledge and the technology solutions to play its part in Canada’s renewable gaseous future. From hydrogen to converting biogas to RNG, a carbon neutral fuel, we have identified a niche that is both significant and relevant to GHG reduction potential. What we need now is a federal commitment to get it done.”
Kurt Sorschak, President & CEO, Xebec Adsorption, Inc.
“Pollution Probe believes the proposed federal Renewable Gas Innovation Program is in line with our view that the advancement of renewable gases, such as RNG, provides a substantial opportunity for Canada to reduce GHG emissions, particularly from the transportation sector, while promoting economic growth for the country. We encourage the Government of Canada to support this initiative.”
Steve McCauley, Senior Director, Policy, Pollution Probe
“Renewable natural gas plays a critical role in advancing Canada’s clean, sustainable energy future. Federal funding is essential to enable this market in such a way that Canadians can learn, grow and demonstrate innovation and leadership.”
Jennifer Green, Executive Director, Canadian Biogas Association
CGA is the voice of Canada’s natural gas delivery industry and its members are distribution companies,
transmission companies, equipment manufacturers and other service providers. Natural gas has a central
place in Canada’s energy mix meeting 34 per cent of the country’s energy needs. Today more than 7
million customers representing well over 20 million Canadians rely on natural gas for heat and power in
homes, businesses, hospitals and schools.
Director, Communications and Social Media, Canadian Gas Association
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