The public and private sectors in British Columbia are leading the rest of Canada with policies and investment to grow the biogas-renewable natural gas sector so it can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help achieve Canada’s climate goals, industry experts say.
Organization: Government of British Columbia
Given the optimal policy mix, expanding the biogas-renewable natural gas sector could play a significant role in achieving Canada’s 2030 and 2050 climate goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new report by the Canadian Biogas Association.
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