Canada to invest $2.7 million in ZooShare biogas project

By Erin Voegele | March 20, 2019

The Canadian government recently announced plans to invest up to $2.7 million in the ZooShare Biogas Cooperative to help the organization add new digester technology to its existing biogas plant in Toronto, Ontario.

The project currently processes animal waste generated at the Toronto Zoo. Information released by Environment and Climate Change Canada indicates the investment will allow ZooShare to expand its processing capacity so it can divert more organic material from landfills. The funding will also help ZooShare install a new self-cleaning digester technology that separates organic materials from contaminants like plastic.

The investment, which is subject to a formal funding agreement, will come from the government’s Low Carbon Economy Fund, a part of Canada’s climate plan that invests in projects that reduce carbon pollution, save money and create good jobs in a clean economy.

The ZooShare project has been under development for nearly a decade. An agreement to develop the project was reached in 2011. A groundbreaking ceremony was held to celebrate the start of construction of the facility in April 2016. Daniel Bida, executive director of ZooShare, posted an update to the project’s website in May 2018 announcing that the first piece of the biogas plant had arrived. A post made a few months later notes ZooShare successfully commissioned its combined-heat-and-power unit in July 2018.