In the United States (US), the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition) has announced a landmark sustainability achievement in the field of renewable energy: North America now has 300 operational renewable natural gas (RNG) facilities, up from just over 30 facilities in 2011 when RNG Coalition was founded.
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According to a statement, this extraordinary growth reflects the RNG industry’s steadfast commitment to mitigating climate change, fostering energy security, and ensuring a cleaner, greener future for present and future generations.
The monumental increase in RNG facilities developed over the last decade-plus is reason to celebrate; unequivocally, RNG facilities are imperative to mitigating methane and carbon in our advancement toward a more sustainable society and circular economy. We are proud of this achievement, but it is merely the foundation that RNG Coalition member organizations will continue to build on to harness the full power of RNG in pursuit of a cleaner planet, said Johannes Escudero, Founder and CEO of RNG Coalition.
Curbing greenhouse gas emissions
RNG plays a pivotal role in reducing global methane emissions — a greenhouse gas (GHG) with a potent climate-warming impact. By investing in methane capture and RNG distribution, North America is curbing GHG emissions, advancing circular economies, and enhancing the overall environmental sustainability of the region.
While the landmark of 300 operational RNG facilities is the result of decades of development, there still remains substantial unrealized potential behind RNG in North America and beyond.
RNG Coalition data indicates that 178 more RNG facilities are currently under construction across the United States and Canada, with another 303 facilities in the planning stages.
This means some 750+ RNG facilities in North America in the coming years, indicating tremendous runway for increased methane capture and utilization.
Even with this great milestone reached, it is critical that policymakers continue to create conditions that allow RNG to compete as a flexible decarbonization tool. The enormous environmental, economic, and energy benefits of RNG cannot be underestimated as we work to limit and leverage methane emissions from society’s inevitable waste streams, said David Cox, Founder and CFO of RNG Coalition.
Long term, RNG Coalition will continue to lead through its SMART initiative to capture and control methane from more than 43 000 organic waste sites across North America by 2050, achieving meaningful benchmarks by 2025, 2030, and 2040.