City of Calgary receives federal funding to reduce landfill gas emissions

Federal funding, announced today, provides The City of Calgary with $5.8 million under the Low Carbon Economy Challenge (LCEC) to support the expansion of its landfill gas collection systems across three different project sites to responsibly manage and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Waste & Recycling Services will install new landfill gas collection wells and associated infrastructure to expand the volume of landfill gas collected. It is expected that GHG emissions will be reduced by more than 630,000 tonnes of CO2e over the lifetime of the project, by collecting landfill-generated methane and converting it into carbon dioxide.

The Low Carbon Economy Challenge was launched in March 2018 to support projects across Canada that reduce carbon pollution and generate clean growth.

"The East Calgary landfill has been in operation for more than fifty years, and we will be managing the landfill for many years to come. This important funding will help The City of Calgary expand its collection system for landfill gas, minimizing climate change impacts for the lifetime of the landfill."
- Rick Valdarchi, Director, Waste & Recycling Services, The City of Calgary
"Climate change is the greatest challenge we face. But it’s also a great opportunity. Canadians from across the country coming up with innovative methods to increase energy efficiency and reduce emissions, saving people money and creating good jobs along the way. With the City of Calgary’s Waste and Recycling Services team being funded to the tune of $5.8 million by the Government of Canada we expect that GHG emissions will be reduced by more than 630,000 tonnes of CO2e."
- The Honourable Kent Hehr, Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre