Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada approves Anaergia funding for clean energy

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Anaergia has announced the approval of a non-repayable contribution of up to $1.7m from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, which was highlighted by the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, at a ceremony at Anaergia’s global headquarters in Burlington, Ontario. The approved project is part of an additional investment of over $24.1m under the federal Agricultural Clean Technology (ACT) Program to support the adoption of clean technologies in Ontario.

The ACT – Research and Innovation Stream funding will enable Anaergia to advance technologies for processing source separated organics, or SSO, which are food scraps and other green waste that are gathered from households and businesses in green bin collection programmes. Diverting SSO prevents the methane emissions that occur when this waste breaks down in landfills and allows it to be converted to renewable fuel via anaerobic digestion. The waste can be combined with agricultural waste at farms to enable more farmers to create renewable energy. Because many farms in Canada do not by themselves produce enough waste for anaerobic digestion, the addition of processed SSO would create enough material to allow for anaerobic digestion on site.

“Our goal is to help Canadian producers innovate and adopt clean technologies,” said the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. “This new Agricultural Clean Technology Program investment aims to reduce the sector’s greenhouse gas emissions and leverage technology to be more resilient to climate change.”

“This ACT funding will support the technologies that transform waste into carbon-negative renewable fuel,” said Andrew Benedek, chairman and CEO of Anaergia. “These technologies are crucial for reducing emissions of methane, an extremely potent greenhouse gas. We are grateful that the Government of Canada is supporting these solutions and Anaergia’s mission to accelerate the world’s clean energy transition.”