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Ontario to spend $100M to introduce renewable natural gas to fight climate change

Glen Murray talks to media at Queens Park in Toronto on Thursday, December 12 2013. Murray insists the province won't eliminate natural gas for home heating as part of an ambitious plan to fight climate change that will soon be released.
Glen Murray talks to media at Queens Park in Toronto on Thursday, December 12 2013. Murray insists the province won't eliminate natural gas for home heating as part of an ambitious plan to fight climate change that will soon be released. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

TORONTO — Ontario plans to spend up to $100 million over four years to support the introduction of so-called renewable natural gas to help battle climate change.

Methane released from landfills, residential green bins, manure, sewage treatment plants and waste from food and beverage manufacturing can be recovered, cleaned and directly substituted for conventional natural gas.

The Liberal government wants to encourage the use of renewable natural gas in the industrial, transportation and building sectors, which it says are the province’s biggest sources of greenhouse gas emissions.

READ MORE: Ontario Liberals won’t confirm published details of Climate Change Action Plan

The government says in a news release that natural gas will continue to play a critical role in Ontario’s energy supply mix for transportation and heating buildings, but does not say if that will include home heating.

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The $100 million for renewable natural gas is part of the Liberals’ climate change action plan, which will be officially released in the next couple of weeks.

The government revealed another part of the plan Wednesday, promising $900 million to retrofit social housing and multi-tenant buildings with such things as energy-efficient windows and thermal insulation on pipes.

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