Source: City of Winnipeg
The City of Winnipeg's Brady Road Resource Management Facility is now operational, utilizing a new gas collection system to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The system captures and treats landfill gases — mostly methane — produced when organic waste decomposes. In terms of its global warming potential, methane gas is 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
The City of Winnipeg was required to develop the new landfill gas collection system as part of the requirements under Manitoba’s Climate Change Emissions Reduction Act.
“We contributed more than $2.5 million for the construction of this new collection and treatment system that will lower the amount of greenhouse gas released into the environment,” said Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh in a September 23, 2013 statement to media. “Now that this system is up and running, it will help further reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Manitoba,” added Mackintosh.
Between 2000 and 2011, Manitoba's population grew by 9.6 per cent, and the economy grew by 78 per cent. The province’s greenhouse gas emissions were reduced by seven per cent, the biggest reduction in Western Canada.
“With the city's contribution of $4.5 million, we join more than 64 facilities across Canada in recovering landfill gas and helping to reduce our nation's total greenhouse gas emissions,” said Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz in the joint statement. “Our goal is to not only recover the gas from the landfill but to be able to use it in the future for building heat or electrical generation.”
More information on Manitoba’s environmental protection plans is available here.