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Canada and Quebec back biomethanation

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The governments of Canada and Quebec are committed to combating climate change and fostering cleaner economic growth through green infrastructure projects. Officials of the governments of Canada and Quebec met in Varennes to break ground, marking the start of construction of the biomethanation facilities of the Société d'économie mixte de l'est de la couronne sud (SEMECS).

The Government of Canada was represented by Michel Picard, Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and Member of Parliament for Montarville, while the Government of Quebec was represented by the David Heurtel, Minister of Sustainable Development, the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change, and by the Lucie Charlebois, Minister for Rehabilitation, Youth Protection, Public Health and Healthy Living and Minister responsible for the Montérégie Region.

The SEMECS project will facilitate the treatment of organic waste generated by residents of the regional county municipalities (MRCs) of La Vallée-du-Richelieu, Marguerite-D'Youville and Rouville. The new biomethanation facilities will be able to efficiently reclaim organic material from various sources and convert it into renewable fuel, i.e. biogas.

Once purified, the biogas will be used as fuel for the Quebec GreenField Ethanol Inc. refinery, and will replace a portion of the natural gas that the company uses in its processes. In addition, farmers who sell their crops to the refinery will be able to use the digestate produced in the biomethanation process as an organic amendment. Local residents will be able to have their food waste, green waste and septic tank sludge treated by local firms rather than having it sent for disposal.

This biomethanation project demonstrates the synergy created through the implementation of green technology, which will contribute to the fight against climate change and help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while at the same time producing energy and fertilizer.


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