Natural Gas: A Clean and Affordable Transportation Fuel
Natural gas can help reduce the operating costs and emissions of heavy duty and medium duty trucks, transit, rail, marine, and off road fleets which help keep the Canadian economy moving.
Natural gas utilities are playing a critical role in advancing natural gas use in Canada’s transportation markets. This is because:
On fuel costs, consumers have witnessed steady transportation fuel price increases. Natural gas offers savings of as much as 30-40 per cent compared to diesel and gasoline.
On emissions, natural gas is a clean burning fuel – with minimal NOX, SOX, and particulate matter emissions. In addition, using natural gas as an on road transportation fuel can reduce GHG pollution by up to 25 per cent over conventional fuels.
Read this document for more information on how the natural gas delivery industry, governments, and other industry partners can work together on market development measures.
Natural Gas Success Stories:
In July 2014, BC Ferries announced the purchase of three new intermediate class vessels that are dual-fuel capable using Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) or diesel fuel for propulsion and power generation. BC Ferries noted that the new vessels can reduce upward pressure on fares due to lower fuel costs for LNG, and reduce the environmental emissions substantially since LNG is a cleaner and greener fuel compared to current alternatives.
Fleets in B.C.
The British Columbia government allows FortisBC, a natural gas utility in the province, to provide up to 75 per cent of the incremental capital cost between a natural gas vehicle and an equivalent diesel vehicle. Numerous fleet operators have received incentives to purchase CNG fueled vehicles for their fleets including BC transit, BFI Canada, and the City of Vancouver.
Since 2010, the Quebec government has provided fiscal incentives for the purchase of LNG trucks. As a result, Robert Transport added 180 Peterbilt 386 liquefied natural gas (LNG) highway tractors to its fleet that travel between Boucherville, Quebec, and Mississauga, Ontario. The lower emission trucks travel along the Highway 401 and Autoroute 20 corridor. The LNG trucks represent about 15 per cent of the Robert Transport fleet and are currently dedicated to this route.
Natural Gas Use in the Canadian Transportation Sector – Deployment Roadmap
The Natural Gas Use in the Canadian Transportation Sector Deployment Roadmap initiative, launched in March 2010, brought together stakeholders from governments, industry – including gas producers, transporters, distributors, vehicle and equipment manufacturers, and end-users – as well as representatives from environmental non-governmental organizations and academia. Facilitated by Natural Resources Canada, this process provided a platform for this broad array of stakeholders to discuss the potential for natural gas use across the medium- and heavy-duty transportation sector, explore strategies for overcoming barriers associated with its use, and develop recommendations for deployment.
This Roadmap focused on expanding the use of natural gas across the transportation sector and represents an important contribution to deliberations toward a broader strategy to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
CASE STUDY: THE USE OF NATURAL GAS AS A VEHICLE FUEL – EBI CNG PROGRAM
EBI has replaced almost their entire fleet of vehicles with CNG-operated trucks. The main drivers behind EBI’s decision to move their fleet from conventional diesel fuel to CNG include fuel savings, competitive advantage in tender processes, incentives (provincial, utility, and other), marketing, and emissions management. Click here to read full report on EBI’s CNG Program or here for a one page summary of this case study