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December 3, 2001
City of Toronto awarded funding to study using organic wastes to produce energy
The City of Toronto was recently awarded a $60,000 grant from the Federation of
Canadian Municipalities' Green Municipal Funds. Works and Emergency Services
will use the funds, in partnership with Enwave District Heating Limited, to
study the technical and financial feasibility of generating biogas from organic
wastes such as yard waste and kitchen scraps to produce renewable energy.

Toronto City Councillor Jack Layton and the Honourable David Collenette,
Minister of Transport and Government of Canada Minister for the Greater Toronto
Area, announced the funding.

"This is an extremely exciting project," said Councillor Jack Layton, president
of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). "Instead of throwing our
valuable organic resources into a landfill where they will decompose and cause
dangerous greenhouse gas emissions, we're going to figure out how to make green
energy out of them. We're turning people's kitchen scraps into green fuel!"

The study will specifically look at producing energy from the biogas generated
from 100,000 to 200,000 tonnes of anaerobically digested organic waste
annually. Producing energy using this technology will help the City meet
several important environmental goals including a 100 per cent diversion of
household waste by 2010, and a 20 per cent reduction of greenhouse gas
emissions relative to 1990 levels by 2005. This will be accomplished by
reducing the release of greenhouse gas and promoting the use of Enwave's
district heating and cooling processes.

"This study has the potential to identify innovative ways to use organic waste
to produce energy and contribute to a healthier environment for our city," said
Minister David Collenette. "The Government of Canada is pleased to be
partnering with FCM in support of the City of Toronto and this important
environmental initiative."

The Green Municipal Funds established by the Government of Canada and managed
by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities are intended to stimulate
investment in innovative municipal infrastructure projects and environmental
practices in Canadian municipalities.

To date, 115 projects have been approved for funding of more than $8.5 million,
leveraging $42 million in total spending to act on cleaner air, water, soil and
climate change. These projects, if fully implemented, will result in an
estimated 566,800 tonnes reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to
the reduction targets Canada has agreed to in the Kyoto Protocol.

The funds will enable the City of Toronto to further its environmental
commitments and pursue innovative and sustainable environmental practices.

For more information about the City's environmental initiatives, visit,
or for the Green Municipal Funds visit FCM's Web site at

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