On the Road
Canada’s transportation industry, particularly heavy-duty trucks and return-to-base fleets, can benefit from natural gas as a practical and low emission energy source.
Heavy diesel trucks, like long-haul highway trucking and local urban fleets such as busses, garbage trucks and taxis, are just four percent of the vehicles on the road, but they emit 30 percent of the GHG emissions released from on-road vehicles in Canada.
For municipal fleets, heavy-duty highway trucking and return-to-base shippers, there is an alternative – Canadian technology exists to switch from diesel to clean, reliable natural gas.
Abundant and cost-effective, natural gas can provide an estimated 15 to 25% “well-to-wheels” or lifecycle reduction in GHGs for heavy-duty fleets. The use of biogas can further increase the lifecycle benefit upwards of 85%. As well, natural gas can reduce fuel costs by 15 to 30 percent.
Natural gas vehicle technologies are mature, proven and certified to the most stringent emissions standards. Medium and heavy natural gas vehicles are produced by more than 15 truck and bus manufacturers across the continent, and many North American municipal fleets—particularly refuse collection and transit—have already adopted natural gas as a fuel.
More information can be found in the publication Natural Gas: Our Place in Canada’s Sustainable Energy Future