FortisBC renewable natural gas facility under construction at Vancouver landfill
Facility is FortisBC’s largest RNG project yet
FortisBC Energy Inc. (FortisBC) and the City of Vancouver are working together on the construction of a renewable natural gas (RNG) facility at the City of Vancouver's landfill in Delta, B.C. FortisBC says that the project is an example of how the company is working with municipalities to develop more local renewable and low-carbon gases to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
"This is our largest RNG project to date and the RNG generated from the landfill will be delivered into the local gas distribution system as a low-carbon energy source," said Roger Dall'Antonia, president and CEO of FortisBC. "FortisBC is partnering with municipalities, like the City of Vancouver, farms, and other sources of organic waste so that we can increase our supply of RNG to decarbonize the gas system. It is a key way that we're taking waste that would otherwise add methane into the atmosphere and turning it into an energy source that will displace conventional natural gas thereby reducing emissions overall."
When organic waste decomposes, it releases greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. FortisBC works with suppliers like farmers, landfill operators, and local governments to capture and turn these gases into RNG to displace conventional natural gas.
The City of Vancouver uses RNG in its buildings, fleets, and Neighbourhood Energy Utility, as a tool to reduce its own carbon emissions. The reduction in emissions as a result of this project is expected to be equivalent to up to 12,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to taking 2,600 cars off the road each year. Construction and commissioning of the RNG facility may take approximately 12 to 15 months to complete.
"As our city looks to reduce emissions and tackle the challenge of reducing our reliance on fossil fuels – it's awesome to see exciting innovation that will make a difference," said Ken Sim, Mayor of Vancouver. "This new RNG facility at the Vancouver Landfill is exactly the type of project that will help Vancouver grow our economy while helping to shrink our emissions. We're proud to work with our partners at FortisBC as we pave the way for a brighter – and greener future."