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Event: Renewable natural gas – Unlocking local government potential in B.C.

Watch the video on YouTube. In addition to this recording, see the video from City of Surrey’s Biofuel Facility, which was referenced during the dialogue.


Date: Friday, June 15 from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Pacific time
Location: SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue – Room 420, 580 W Hastings St, Vancouver, B.C. (map)

Natural gas is the source of one-quarter of British Columbia’s greenhouse gas emissions. But there is another way to generate this energy that could provide substantial emissions reductions: renewable natural gas (RNG), derived from diverse organic waste sources.

Local governments are well-placed to enable RNG development as they control key organic and liquid waste feedstocks and may be also be positioned to aggregate forest and farm feedstocks. Local governments are often working to meet climate and waste diversion targets and have been making substantial infrastructure investments in pursuit of those goals; RNG generation could provide a cost effective and strategic alternative. If local governments can harness waste feedstocks to produce clean, renewable energy, they will be able to promote new economic opportunities while reducing carbon emissions.

Join Renewable Cities for the launch of a new collaborative research project to explore how to advance the local government opportunity for RNG development in B.C. Hear from key players who will help develop solutions to unlock local government RNG development and share your insights.

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  • Jennifer Davison, Senior Policy Analyst, Electricity and Alternative Energy Division, Ministry of Energy Mines and Petroleum Resources, Government of BC
  • Ela Lukowska, Biofuel Project Manager, City of Surrey
  • Dana Wong, Public Policy Manager, FortisBC

Opening remarks: Gunn Kim, Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Vancouver
Moderator: Alex Boston, Executive Director, Renewable Cities


This event is made possible through a partnership with the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Vancouver and with the support of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions.