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Anaergia receives ACT funding approval

Anaergia receives ACT funding approval
The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food (centre), announced the ACT funding approval at a ceremony on March 2, 2023, at Anaergia’s global headquarters in Burlington, Ontario (photo courtesy Anaergia).

In Canada, biogas technology provider Anaergia Inc. has announced that it has been approved for a non-repayable contribution of up to CA$1.7-million from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

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The approved project is part of an additional investment of over CA$24.1 million under the Federal Agricultural Clean Technology (ACT) Program to support the adoption of clean technologies in Ontario (ON).

The ACT – Research and Innovation Stream funding will enable Anaergia to advance technologies for processing source-separated organics (SSO) – food- and other green waste that are gathered from households and businesses in green bin collection programs.

Our goal is to help Canadian producers innovate and adopt clean technologies. 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 said the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.

Reduce methane emissions

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 (AD).

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 AD, the addition of processed SSO would create enough material to allow for AD units on site.

This ACT funding will support the technologies that transform waste into carbon-negative renewable fuel. 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, said Dr Andrew Benedek, Chairman and CEO of Anaergia.

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