The governments of Québec and Canada recently confirmed their support for five green infrastructure projects with a total price tag of over $600 million. The projects involve the construction of organic waste treatment centres equipped with biomethanation and composting systems in the Greater Montréal area and Québec City.
Biomethanation technology transforms organic waste into biogas, a green energy that can replace fossil fuels to power vehicles and heat buildings.
In the Greater Montréal area, four projects will process a substantial percentage of the organic waste generated by Montréal and its immediate suburbs, Laval, Longueuil and southern-rim municipalities. The Québec City project will process 85,000 tonnes of organic waste, much of which has been incinerated up to now.
According to Line Beauchamp, Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks, “[These projects] help to attain the objectives of our climate change action plan, our energy strategy and our very recent draft policy on residual material, which provides for a ban on organic matter in landfill sites within ten years. Today we are taking a giant step toward a greener economy and the creation of a waste-free, low-carbon society.”
Québec is providing financial assistance under its program for processing organic matter using biomethanation and composting. Projects funded under the program will create about 5,200 direct and indirect jobs. The goal of the program is to implement the key components of the government’s new policy on the management of residual materials by gradually banning the burial of organic matter by 2020, which will help Québec meet its greenhouse gas emission reduction target.
Québec’s Green Fund
Québec’s program for processing organic matter using biomethanation and composting is funded by the duty on hydrocarbons and amounts collected under the Regulation respecting the charges payable for the disposal of residual materials. Both of these amounts are paid into the Green Fund. Created further to the adoption of the Sustainable Development Act, the Green Fund is a powerful lever that helps the government fulfil its responsibilities in areas such as climate change and waste management.
Program for processing organic matter using biomethanation and composting
Climate change action plan for 2006-2012