A BETTER WORLD FOR
Bridging the gap between social and environmental responsibility with economic growth
With 51 billion tons of greenhouse gases added to the atmosphere each year, the emergence of the low-carbon economy is critical. A lower carbon economy requires clean energy alternatives which EverGen aims to provide. EverGen's RNG projects are carbon-negative, meaning more emissions are removed than created in the production process. That’s because it comes from organic waste that would otherwise emit harmful greenhouse gases. These emissions are captured and processed into RNG, thus solving a growing waste problem while also creating a much-needed energy resource that contributes to the circular economy and decreases global emissions.
RNG General Benefits:
Locally & globally we need better ways to manage organic waste to reduce GHG emissions
Increasing requirements and demand for clean energy alternatives to reduce emissions
Reimaging organic waste as a clean energy source using our RNG infrastructure.
When captured for conversion into Renewable Natural Gas (RNG), methane from animal waste and other biomass sources (that otherwise would have entered directly into Earth's atmosphere) is instead combusted as RNG, resulting in the release of GHG that are materially less potent than methane released directly into the atmosphere.
The use of RNG represents the recycling of carbon that is already circulating in the environment, whereas burning a fossil fuel represents the release of new carbon emissions that were previously sequestered in the earth.
There is substantial carbon reduction by replacing conventional natural gas with RNG. For RNG generated from food waste and dairy farm anaerobic digesters there is additional carbon emission reductions associated with landfill diversion and methan emission avoidance due to improved manure management at farms.
In Canada, the Canadian Gas Association has set a target of 5% renewable gas (RNG or hydrogen) blended into natural gas streams by 2025 and 10% by 2030.
Canadian gas utilities have set similar targets with FortisBC leading the way with a target to reduce its customers’ greenhouse gas emissions 30 per cent by 2030.
For scale, domestic sales of natural gas totaled 3.438 trillion cubic feet in Canada in 2019 according to the Canadian Gas Association.
Nationally, the increased renewable gas content would result in 14 MT of GHG emission reductions per year by 2030, equivalent to removing 3.1 million passenger cars from the road.
How We Contribute to These Goals at Net Zero Waste Abbotsford:
The RNG produced by Net Zero Waste’s planned facility has calculated carbon intensity of 9 gCO2e/MJ vs. conventional natural gas’ CI of 64 gCO2e/MJ. Which will lead to a CI reduction of 9,180 tonnes CO2e annually.
1900 HOMES WITH RNG
With a 20-year offtake agreement with FortisBC, this project is capable of supplying enough carbon-neutral RNG to meet the needs of 1,900 homes in the Metro Vancouver region with 173,000 G/J of RNG annually for injection into its natural gas system.
Increasing the amount of RNG in FortisBC's natural gas lines is key to achieving FortisBC's 30BY30 target - FortisBC's goal to reduce its customers' greenhouse gas emission by 30 percent by 2030 aligns with the provincial government's goals in its CleanBC plan.
DIVERTING ORGANIC WASTE FROM LANDFILLS
Growing trend in Canada to divert organic waste from landfills and incinerators
Emphasis on facilitating the circular economy and maximizing the end use of organic waste
Across Canada it is estimated by 2030 we will reach 50% (1.4MT of eCO2) of diverted food waste and 2050 we will reach 70% (1.96MT of eCO2)
FERTILIZERS AND COMPOST
Recycling nutrients from organic waste and using it for compost reduces the need for chemical and mined fertilizers. This stops pollution from leeching into the ground water, rivers, and oceans.
Nutrient rich fertilizer and compost end product can be used on farms and gardens as nourishment for the vegetation.
Sea to Sky Soils supports a number of community projects through soil donations. These programs primarily support the community we reside.
Some examples of our recipients are:
Mount Currie Community Garden
Lil'wat Agriculture Program
Southern Stl'atl'imx Wellness Program
Medicine Wheel (Smudge to Elders)
Vancouver Coastal Health - Mental Health Garden (Pemberton)
North Shore Neighbourhood House
Pemberton Lions Club
Lil'wat Community Farm
PARTNERSHIP WITH LIL'WAT NATION
We are proud to be in partnership with the Lil'wat Nation. As the landowners of our Sea to Sky Soils site in Pemberton, BC, we are committed to the Lil'wat community, and choose to employ the majority of our staff on site from the First Nation.
A condition Lil'wat Business Group (LBG) put in place was that Sea to Sky Soils onsite workforce be two-thirds Lílwat7úl.
Today there are six community members working full-time, and another three working part-time, processing compost into high-quality topsoil.
"Partnerships [like this] can create employment opportunities for Lil'wat Nation citizens while supporting important Lil'wat values, such as Kúl̓tsam̓ (Take what you need), which in the broadest terms is about sustainability,” said Lil'wat Business Group's CEO, Kerry Mehaffey.
“We are proud of this project, the positive effect it has on our economy, and what it has meant regarding employment and what it can give in the future.” - Lil'wat Business Group's CEO, Kerry Mehaffey.