Enbridge and Toronto to build one of the first renewable natural gas facilities in Ontario
Together, Enbridge Gas Distribution and the City of Toronto will build and install equipment that will turn the City's organic waste into clean energy.
Almost 50 percent of household waste (by weight) is organic material. When organic waste breaks down, methane is created.
Many municipalities burn the methane produced from waste facilities and sewage treatment plants, throwing away this valuable energy resource and opportunity to lower their greenhouse gas emissions.
Instead, through this facility, the methane can be captured, cleaned and used like traditional natural gas. It is carbon neutral, and has the same environmental benefits as renewable electricity.
Expected to be complete in 2019, the project supports the City's vision of using Toronto's organic waste to offset greenhouse gas emissions.
As an added benefit, the newly created carbon-neutral, renewable natural gas will be injected into the natural gas distribution system to fuel the very trucks that picked up the Green Bin waste. ■