Investing in Renewable Natural Gas

NRCan is partnering with Canadian Gas Association members (Enbridge Gas Distribution, FortisBC, Gaz Metro, Union Gas, utility host ATCO) and the Natural Gas Innovation Fund, Alberta Innovates and FPInnovations, which are contributing a combined $1.35 million to a new renewable natural gas (RNG) technology developed by G4 Insights Inc. to convert forestry residue into pipeline-grade renewable natural gas to be distributed through existing natural gas pipelines in Canada.

 

What success will look like

This new RNG technology will:

  • transform waste products from Canada’s forestry industry into a valuable fuel product
  • support rural economic diversification
  • create good jobs that benefit rural communities in forested areas
 

Key facts

The G4 RNG technology can emit up to 85% less GHGs compared to traditionally produced natural gas
Source: G4 Insights Inc.
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The G4 RNG technology can emit up to 85% less GHGs compared to traditionally produced natural gas.

Infographic showing Canada has 168 million hectares of independently certified forest land
Source: State of Canada’s Forests annual report 2016 (National Forest Inventory)
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Canada has 168 million hectares of independently certified forest land - representing 37% of all certified forests worldwide - the largest area of 3rd-party certified forests in any country.

 

 

Canada’s natural gas utilities have set a target of 5% of renewable-blended natural gas in the pipeline distribution system by 2025 and 10% by 2030
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Canada’s natural gas utilities have set a target of 5% of renewable-blended natural gas in the pipeline distribution system by 2025 and 10% by 2030

Renewable fuel consumption doubled between 2010 and 2014
Source: International Energy Agency – Canada report, based on Statistics Canada and Natural Resources Canada data
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Renewable fuel consumption doubled between 2010 and 2014.