Energy Breakfast Meeting
Wednesday, June 1

Fueling the City of Surrey's Fleet with Biogas

Wednesday, June 1, 2016
7:15 – 8:45 am

Vancouver Community College, Room 240
250 West Pender Street, Vancouver, BC
Cost: $30 (Students $10) – Coffee/tea, Muffins
Online payment through PayPal, Five Pack ticket or pay cash/cheque at door

Topic: Fueling the City of Surrey's Fleet with Biogas

The City of Surrey is presently developing North America’s first fully integrated organic waste management system.  The facility is presently under construction and scheduled for operation by early 2017.  The facility will have the capacity to process 115,000 tonnes of residential and commercial organic waste per year into over 120,000 Gigajoules of renewable natural gas (RNG) as well as over 35,000 tonnes of “Grade A” compost product that will be suitable for landscaping and agricultural applications.  Once the biofuel facility is fully operational, the City will be home to the first closed-loop fully integrated organics waste management system in North America. Under this closed-loop system, the trucks will literally be collecting their fuel source at curbside, with Surrey’s residents generating this fuel source by diverting their food and yard waste in their green bins.  The environmental benefits associated with the facility will include a reduction in corporate and community CO2 emissions by approximately 40,000 tonnes per year. This will be achieved through the diversion of 115,000 tonnes of organic waste from landfill, and the fuel switch to RNG for the City’s waste collection fleet. This project is being delivered as a public private partnership, the economic benefit of which will include a fixed-price performance-based agreement with no net cost impact to Surrey taxpayers.

Presenters: Charlie Ker, Cummins Westport Inc. &
Rob Costanzo, City of Surrey


Charlie Ker joined Cummins Westport Inc. (CWI) in 2010 and currently oversees the company’s business interests as Director, Industry Relations & Refuse Segment. He works closely with Cummins’ North American distribution network to help private companies, governments and industry groups on broad policy issues as well as fleet-specific projects. Prior to CWI, Charlie held numerous sales and marketing positions at Westport Innovations where he was instrumental in launching natural gas truck programs at the Port of LA and Long Beach as well as along Canada’s “Clean Air Corridor” from Toronto to Michigan. A graduate of the University of Western Ontario, Charlie serves on the board of the Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance. CWI is the leading manufacturer of natural gas engines for North American truck and bus markets.

Rob Costanzo is the City of Surrey's Engineering Operations Manager responsible for the maintenance of the City's roads, utilities and fleet, as well as the City’s waste management services, including waste collection, waste planning and policy development, marketing and public education.  In addition, Rob leads Surrey's sustainability goals related to waste diversion and reduced carbon emissions from its fleet operations.  He is presently overseeing the development of Surrey's Organic Waste Biofuel Facility which will process kitchen and yard waste collected at curbside into a renewable natural gas that will be used to fuel the City’s Compressed Natural Gas waste collection fleet, resulting in a closed-loop, net-zero carbon impact system.
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