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Putting Waste to Work: Converting Landfill Waste to Energy Across Canada

Enbridge, Walker Industries, Comcor Environmental join forces to develop Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) projects throughout the country

Published 04-28-21

Submitted by Enbridge Inc.

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It’s estimated that Canadian landfills can produce enough Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) to supply energy to 400,000 homes a year.

Enbridge, Walker Industries and Comcor Environmental are looking to unlock this potential—and put some of that waste to work.

Today, the three companies announced a partnership to jointly develop RNG projects across Canada by finding commercially viable solutions at landfills ready for development.

The carbon-neutral RNG that’s created will be injected into local natural gas distribution networks across Canada, reducing the overall carbon emission of the gas supply used to heat homes, power businesses and fuel vehicle fleets.

“Renewable natural gas is a low-carbon fuel that will help us get to net-zero,” says Seamus O’Regan, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources. “Companies like Enbridge are working to lower emissions, create jobs, and develop new opportunities to transform landfill waste into low-emitting energy.”

Adds Cynthia Hansen, Enbridge’s Executive Vice President and President of Gas Distribution and Storage: “RNG presents a tremendous opportunity to provide affordable, reliable and low-carbon fuel for Canada’s increasing energy needs, leveraging our existing energy system and stimulating economic growth.”

Last October, the partnership broke ground on its first landfill RNG project in Niagara Falls—which, at $42 million, is the largest RNG plant in Ontario, and is expected to enter service in 2022. Several additional projects are in the works.

“The Niagara RNG facility project will generate enough clean energy to heat 8,750 homes and reduce GHG emissions by 48,000 tonnes per year,” says Ms. Hansen. “This is just one example of how Enbridge is connecting consumers to renewables sources of energy. Together we’re leading the way to a green energy future.”

It’s estimated that Canada has more than 10,000 landfill sites collectively generating about 30 Megatonnes (MT) of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) every year—or about 20% of the country’s methane emissions. Only about a third of those emissions are captured and utilized; harnessing this underutilized resource could divert as much as 20 Mt of CO2e—that’s about 850 million trash bags of organic material—from landfills each year.

“We are excited to be partnering with leading companies like Comcor Environmental and Enbridge in innovative technologies to provide resource recovery solutions,” says Geordie Walker, CEO of Walker Industries. “By converting waste into a clean energy resource, we are able to build a sustainable future. This partnership provides significant benefits to our environment while stimulating the local economy with jobs.”

Remarks Walter Graziani, President of Comcor Environmental: “The production of RNG from landfill gas and its use in existing energy infrastructure is a pathway towards greenhouse gas reductions and a greener energy future in Canada. Comcor Environmental is proud to partner with Walker Industries and Enbridge to make this first-of-its-kind partnership a reality. We look forward to helping Canada meets its climate change goals through RNG project development across the country.”

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Enbridge’s vision is to be the leading energy delivery company in North America. We deliver the energy people need and want—to heat their homes, to keep their lights on, to keep them mobile and connected.

We operate across North America, fueling the economy and people’s quality of life. We move about 25% of the crude oil produced in North America, we transport nearly 20% of the natural gas consumed in the U.S., and we operate North America’s third-largest natural gas utility by consumer count. Enbridge was an early investor in renewable energy, and we have a growing offshore wind portfolio.

We work collaboratively every day to provide safe, reliable energy. Enbridge connects energy supply with growing markets in North America through our three core businesses:

Enbridge was named to the Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Energy Leaders in 2018; we were selected to Bloomberg’s 2019 and 2020 Gender Equality Index; and we have been ranked among the Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada for 18 years running, through 2020.

Enbridge Inc. is headquartered in Calgary, Canada. We have a workforce of about 13,000 people, primarily in Canada and the United States. Enbridge (ENB) is traded on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges.

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