As more emphasis is placed on fostering a green economy, large businesses are investing in new ways to power their operations with renewable sources.
GM Canada is one such business. In August 2020, the company announced it had completed a $28 million cogeneration project that uses renewable landfill gas (LFG) from a local landfill to power and heat its St. Catharines, Ont., Propulsion Plant.
This venture aligned with the company’s sustainability targets, Tammy Giroux, GM Canada’s manager of government relations, tells Canadian Biomass.
“One of those targets is that we source 100 per cent of our electricity from renewable sources by 2040, to support our overall vision of being a company that has zero emissions,” she says.
The project began in late 2016, when Mike Watt, executive vice-president of Walker Industries – an organics recovery company that runs one of the largest landfills in Ontario – met with Carolyne Watts, plant director at the St. Catharines Propulsion Plant, to discuss the possibility of using gas from the landfill as a source of renewable fuel at the plant.
Carolyne voiced her support and the two companies, along with their partner, Integrated Gas Recovery Services (IGRS), began planning the project. The partners ultimately agreed to build a 3.3-kilometre-long pipeline to carry the LFG from the Walker landfill to GM Canada’s plant.