Bioenergy: Opportunities and challenges of harnessing waste to reduce GHGs

October 11, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm


Strategy Room 320, Wosk Centre for Dialogue
580 West Hastings Street
Vancouver , BC


Is bioenergy a sustainable pathway toward a low-carbon future in BC and beyond?

The Government of British Columbia has committed to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80 per cent below 2007 levels by 2050. While bioenergy as a renewable energy source can play a role in achieving these reductions, questions remain over how to best harness waste to generate energy and help achieve BC’s emissions reduction target.

Join our panel of experts as we discuss how municipalities, agri-industries and other sectors can utilize organic, commercial, agricultural and forest waste to produce clean and sustainable energy. What is the magnitude of CO2 emissions reduction that can be achieved by using waste for energy? What are the innovative technologies in BC and beyond that may reduce the cost of bioenergy? How big a role does bioenergy play in the province’s future energy demand?


Moderated by Ged McLean, PICS Associate Director


Jennifer Davison is a Senior Policy Analyst in the Electricity and Alternative Energy Division of the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, and has worked with the BC government since 2001. Her interest in the impacts of resource industries on economic development led Jennifer to pursue a master’s degree in Economics at the University of Victoria. She works primarily on natural gas initiatives with a particular interest in renewable natural gas and the use of LNG in the marine sector. Jennifer’s expertise also includes the transportation sector and district energy systems.

Alex Boston is Executive Director of Renewable Cities, an initiative of the Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University.  Alex has two decades of experience in climate and energy policy, planning and engagement. He has worked with governments, real estate developers, utilities, think tanks, municipal associations and non-profit organizations. Before establishing his own consultancy, Alex led community climate and energy services for an urban planning and design firm and a global engineering operation, Golder Associates. He led multiple, award-winning community energy plans recognized for innovative carbon modelling and mapping, implementation readiness, and powerful triple bottom line analysis.

Brent Sauder is Executive Chair Person of the BC Bioenergy Network.  With more than 30 years of experience in the development and application of technology, Brent’s work spans most of BC’s industry sectors including forestry, communications, healthcare and media. Brent received both his bachelor and master’s degree in Forestry from the University of British Columbia.


Chris Bush is the Founder and President of Catalyst Agri-Innovations Society, a group established in 2009 to bring research resources together for the development of diversification solutions and co-products at biogas plants. A sustainable agriculture pioneer, Chris was responsible for taking the first biogas plant for agriculture in BC from concept to full operations, providing an ongoing example for all future digesters in North America as the first to deliver “biomethane” to a utility grid from a farm.