Compressed natural gas (CNG) for transportation
The single largest remaining share of Ontario's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is the transportation sector. For businesses and communities looking to achieve GHG savings, a quick win is to include compressed natural gas (CNG) fuelled vehicles in their transit, refuse and transportation proposals and energy plans. Natural gas vehicles provide economic and environmental benefits.
The two areas where a sustained focus can provide communities and businesses with early wins is in the heavy-and medium-duty vehicle segments, along with "return-to base" fleet operators.
Natural gas offers a much lower emissions profile and a more affordable alternative to conventional gasoline and diesel. It is these segments that drive the longest distances and in which fuel costs make up the bulk of the industry's ongoing operating costs. Union Gas is supporting the growing demand for CNG for transportation with an agreement to build three CNG fuelling stations along Ontario Highway 401.
In addition to vehicle use, CNG can be explored as an alternative fuel source where traditional natural gas infrastructure is not available. CNG can be delivered to remote areas by tanker truck. Some examples of CNG applications are for mining development, expansion and operation in northern Ontario. From powering vehicles and fleets, to providing onsite power generation, there is a long list of possible applications for affordable natural gas with many projects in development or currently in service. Connecting to natural gas, whether by pipeline or by using CNG transportation and storage, will help to unlock the vast potential and financial benefit now available to consumers.
What's clear is CNG can be a key implementation priority for community energy plans (CEPs), with an immediate impact on emissions, as well as provide an economic boost.
Visit our CNG website or contact Union Gas for more information on natural gas vehicles and transportation.