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Ontario to increase on-farm renewable natural gas production


Food

July 9, 2021
By Maryam Farag


Industries

The Ontario government is changing biogas rules to create new ways for farmers to expand the emerging biogas and renewable natural gas market in the province.

“By reducing regulatory burden for on-farm anaerobic digesters, we can provide economic solutions to divert more valuable food and organic waste from landfills, while maintaining environmental protections by encouraging the recycling of nutrients and reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said Lisa Thompson, Minister, Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “We’re saving farm businesses time and money to allow them to grow untapped economic opportunities and take advantage of the emerging renewable natural gas market.”

Changes to regulations under the Nutrient Management Act will create opportunities for farmers to treat on-farm materials and other types of off-farm food and organic waste materials in on-farm regulated mixed anaerobic digestion facilities.

“StormFisher and the Ontario Government share a vision of an Ontario with less waste going to landfills, more clean energy being created here at home, and more jobs and investment in rural Ontario. The changes announced today regarding on-farm anaerobic digestion will help with all of these goals,” said Brandon Moffatt, Vice-President of Development, StormFisher. “The agricultural industry plays a vital role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The conversion of manure and other agricultural materials to renewable natural gas is a great step forward that will lead to significant economic development in rural Ontario and will support our farmers in diversifying their revenues.”

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