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Renewi officially opens innovative closed-loop biofuels plant in Canada

14 March 2018

Leading international waste-to-product company, Renewi plc (LSE: RWI) has officially opened its Organics Biofuels Processing Facility in the City of Surrey, part of the Metro Vancouver area. This facility creates the first fully integrated closed-loop organics waste management system in Canada.

The Mayor of Surrey, Linda Hepner with the Renewi team at the Surrey Facility

The facility is the largest of its kind in North America with the capacity to process 100% of the City’s organic waste over the 25-year contract term, along with commercial organic waste. It will significantly contribute to Metro Vancouver achieving its regional 70% waste diversion target and will be instrumental in reducing community-wide greenhouse gas emissions. These emissions will reduce by approximately 49,000 tonnes per year, which is the equivalent of taking over 10,000 cars off the road annually, eliminating the City’s corporate carbon footprint.

The facility can process up to 115,000 tonnes of organic waste every year. It will convert the City’s kitchen and garden waste, along with commercial waste from across the region, into renewable biomethane gas. The biomethane gas will be used to fuel the City’s fleet of natural gas powered waste collection trucks. The facility will also produce a compost product that will be suitable for landscaping and agricultural applications.

The state-of-the art facility leverages Renewi’s extensive international experience and is underpinned by a public-private partnership (P3) contract with the Government of Canada. It has also been awarded the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) Envision Platinum award. The Envision rating system rates sustainable infrastructure across the full range of environmental, social and economic impacts. The Surrey facility is the first waste sector infrastructure project in North America to earn the prestigious Envision award for sustainability.

Mike Leopold, General Manager of Renewi’s Canadian business said:

“We are delighted to officially open this state of the art facility in Surrey, following the acceptance of first waste in December last year. The facility shows how we are using innovation to bring our ‘waste no more’ vision to life and play a connecting role in the circular economy. We now look forward to the first gas production at the facility in the early summer, with Full Service Commencement expected soon after.”

City of Surrey Mayor, Linda Hepner said:

“Surrey has established a new sustainability benchmark in Canada with a state of the art facility that converts organic waste into renewable energy. The facility will be instrumental in reducing community-wide greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 49,000 tonnes per year, which is the equivalent of taking over 10,000 cars off the road annually. This reduction in greenhouse gas emissions will also completely eliminate the City of Surrey’s corporate carbon footprint of 17,000 tonnes per year.”