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FortisBC to Launch Third B.C. Landfill RNG Project (Ind. Report)
Date: 2020-04-15
In British Columbia, the utility FortisBC reports it will soon launch its third and largest landfill renewable natural gas (RNG) project in partnership with the city of Vancouver.

The utility will own and operate the system at the Delta landfill and pay the city of Vancouver for its gas, which will go back to the municipality to fuel its CNG trucks and for a central energy system serving residential and commercial customers in downtown Vancouver. FortisBC's two other biogas upgrading plants are in Salmon Arm, BC, and Kelowna, BC, which collectively generate 80,000 gigajoules per year. FortisBC is also awaiting British Columbia Utilities Commission approval for a landfill-to-gas project in Fraser-Fort George, BC.

British Columbia legislation requires capturing 75 pct of gas generated in landfills. (Source: FortisBC, Waste360, April, 2020) Contact: FortisBC, Scott Gramm, RNG Supply Manager, Douglas Stout, VP, Market Dev.,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Landfill Gas,  FortisBC,  Methane,  RNG,  

Energy Efficiency, Green Buildings Key in Vancouver Greenest City 2020 Action Plan (Report Attached)
City of Vancouver
Date: 2020-01-06
In British Columbia, the city of Vancouver has released its Greenest City 2020 Action Plan (GCAP) which builds on the 2009 work of Mayor Gregor Robertson's Greenest City Action Team -- local experts researched best practices from leading green cities around the world.

According to the GCAP overview, Vancouver aims to cut community-based greenhouse gas emissions to 5 pct below 1990 levels, even though the city's population has jumped 27 pct and jobs have increased more than 18 pct. Vancouver secured 93 pct of it's electric power from British Columbia-based renewable sources. The city has implemented the greenest building code in North America, stresses energy efficiency and other measures aimed at encouraging and support a low-carbon economy and addressing climate change.

Download the Greenest City Action Plan HERE. (Source: City of Vancouver, CBC, 3 Jan., 2020) Contact: City of Vancouver, (604) 873-7000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  City of Vancouver,  

YVR Launches BioPortYVR Jet Biofuel Supply Effort (Ind. Report)
Vancouver Airport Authority
Date: 2019-12-02
In British Columbia, the City of Vancouver Airport (YVR), Canada's second busiest airports, reports it is aiming to develop a biofuel supply chain to reduce conventional aviation kerosene fuel emissions.

To that end, the Vancouver Airport Authority has partnered with the Green Aviation Research and Development Network, the Waterfall Group and Netherlands-based SkyNRG -- a consortium of companies that source and market aviation biofuels -- to launch BioPortYVR, a new project to develop a source and pipeline for biofuels for YVR and other regional airports. (Source: Vancouver Airport Authority (YVR), Burnaby Now, Nov.28, 2019) Contact: Vancouver Airport Authority, Marion Town, Env. Affairs, 604-207-7077, 604-207-7070 - fax.,,; SkyNRG, Maarten van Dijk, Director, Merel Laroy, +31 6 3083 3505,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel,  SkyNRG,  

Vancouver, BC Landfill Approved for RNG Production (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-10-25
In British Columbia, Surrey-based regulated utility FortisBC and the City of Vancouver have received regulatory approval from the British Columbia Utilities Commission to produce Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) at the City's landfill in Delta. Construction of the biogas facility will get underway in 2020 and take approximately 18 to 24 months to complete.

The project aligns with the City of Vancouver's and FortisBC's shared commitment to develop more renewable energy and support the broader greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals outlined in the province's CleanBC strategy, according to the FortisBC release. "This new and substantial supply will bring us closer to our target of having 15 pct of our gas supply be renewable by 2030 -- a key deliverable within our 30BY30 Target to reduce our customers' greenhouse gas emissions by 30 pct by 2030."

FortisBC currently works with five RNG suppliers and owns and operates two RNG purification facilities on existing landfills. (Source: FortisBC, PR, CNW, 24 Oct., 2019) Contact: FortisBC, Douglas Stout, VP, Market Dev.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News FortisBC,  RNG,  

Vancouver Considers Climate Emergency Responses (Ind. Report)
City of Vancouver
Date: 2019-04-22
In British Columbia, the city of Vancouver general managers of planning and engineering are recommending the city adopt the following "big moves" by 2030 in its response to the world's "climate emergency" and in keeping with the city's green initiatives to ensure the city becomes carbon neutral before 2050:
  • Aim to have 90 pct of its citizens live within an easy walk of their daily needs;

  • Accelerate its goal of having two-third of trips in the city by walking, biking or transit by 2030 (instead of 2040);

  • Have 50 pct of all kilometers driven on city roads by zero emissions vehicles;

  • Aim by 2025 to have all new and replacement heating and hot water systems in buildings produce zero emissions;

  • By 2030 reduce the carbon content of new buildings and construction projects by 40 per cent (compared to 2018);

  • By 2030 restore enough forest and coastal ecosystems in the city to remove one million tpy of carbon pollution by 2060.

    The goal is for the city to "do its part" to keep warming to the international climate community's goal of 1.5 degrees, said Matt Horne, the city's climate policy manager. The overall goal is to cut in half carbon pollution by 2030 -- a 90,000 tpy reduction of carbon compared to the 19,000 tpy the city has reduced between 2007 and 2017. The city is also aiming to phase out fossil fuels by 2023. (Source: City of Vancouver, Vancouver Sun, 16 April, 2019) Contact: City of Vancouver, Matt Horne, Climate Policy Manager,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News City of Vancouver,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  

  • NRC Supports Social Housing Energy Efficiency Upgrades (Funding)
    Pembina Institute,Natural Resources Canada
    Date: 2019-03-22
    In Vancouver, Natural Resource Canada (NRC) has announced a $600,000 investment in the British Columbia-based Pembina Institute to support two energy efficiency retrofit projects in Vancouver and to support future energy efficiency retrofits in other Canadian municipalities.

    As part of the $600,000 investment, $200,000 is earmarked for the Affordable Housing Renewal Pilot Program for energy retrofits to B.C.'s social housing stock. In partnership with the B.C. Non-Profit Housing Association and the City of Vancouver, the program will retrofit up to five social housing complexes on the Lower Mainland, according to Natural Resources Canada. The remaining $400,000 will go toward five to eight additional Canadian municipalities looking to develop strategies to retrofit their multi-unit residential building stock, indicates the release. (Source: Pembina Institute, Journal of Commerce, 21 Mar., 2019) Contact: Pembina Institute, (604) 874-8558,; Natural Resources Canada, (343) 292-6100,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Resources Canada,  Energy Efficiency,  Pembina Institute,  

    Vancouver BC Fleet Switching to Renewable Diesel (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2018-08-22
    In British Columbia, the City of Vancouver reports it has inked a new fuel contract with Suncor under which all of the City's diesel vehicles will transition to 100 pct renewable diesel.

    The change over is expected to cut fleet emissions to 50 pct below 2007 levels by the end of 2019. It will also help the city achieve goals from its Renewable City Strategy and Greenest City Action Plan to accelerate the adoption of renewable energy. (Source: City of Vancouver Fleet, GreenCar Congress, 21 Aug., 2018) Contact: City of Vancouver, Fleet Manager,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Diesel,  

    Zero Emissions Building Exchange Opens in Vancouver (Ind. Report)
    Zero Emissions Building
    Date: 2018-08-15
    In British Columbia, the first of its kind not-for-profit Zero Emissions Building Exchange (ZEBx) has opened in Vancouver. The ZEBx center aims to "accelerate the capacity and enthusiasm of local developers, designers and builders to deliver cost-effective, zero-emissions new residential and commercial buildings in Vancouver."

    The free one-stop shop will compile and collate all available information on zero emissions building to assist the construction industry to collaborate and partner in all aspects of zero emissions building.

    ZEBx is a partnership of the Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA), the City of Vancouver, Passive House Canada and the Open Green Building Society. Other area stakeholders include: the BC Institute of Technology; Canada Green Building Council; Greater Vancouver Home Builders Association; the Roofing Contractors Association of BC; Simon Fraser University; Stuart Olson Centre for Building Performance; University of British Columbia; and others.

    ZEBx is one of the strategies of the City of Vancouver's 2016 Zero Emissions Building Plan to eliminate emissions from new buildings by 2030 by increased energy efficiency and renewable energy. The plan requires the majority of new buildings in Vancouver to have no operational greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 and all new buildings to have no emissions by 2030. (Source: ZEBx, Journal of Commerce, 14 Aug., 2018) Contact: ZEBx , Christian Cianfrone, Exec. Dir, (604)330-2017,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Zero Emissions Building,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Vancouver Pursuing Green Roof Policy (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2018-07-27
    In British Columbia, Canada, the City of Vancouver city council reports it has approved plans to develop a "green roof" policy that could require some new buildings to include rooftop grasses or gardens.

    Green roofs can absorb rain and help reduce combined sewage overflows, absorb greenhouse gasses and help mitigate climate change, and clean the air of pollutants. Vancouver city staff will develop a green roof policy in consultation with industry and the community. (Source: City of Vancouver, Toronto Star, 27 July, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Roof,  

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