Supporting Ontario’s clean energy future

inTouch Customer Newsletter (June 2016) - Mother and two kids walking through forest

Supporting Ontario's clean energy future

Sunrise in nature, with a tree in the foreground and meadow in the background

Thanks largely to a reliable, affordable and plentiful supply of natural gas, Ontario has successfully ended its dependence on coal-fired electricity - the single largest climate change initiative undertaken in North America.*

Natural gas plays a key role in helping Ontario achieve its clean energy goals. By far the cleanest of the conventional fuels, it is used to generate electricity, heat our homes, power our industries, and fuel trucks and buses. As a low-carbon alternative to coal and oil, and a dependable complement to intermittent renewables such as wind and solar, natural gas meets both our growing energy needs and stricter environmental targets.

Natural gas is a vital contributor to Ontario's low-carbon energy mix:

  • Nearly 30 per cent of Ontario's electricity supply can be generated by natural gas
  • Natural gas is a cleaner burning source of energy than coal, oil or propane, lowering CO2 emissions by up to 45 per cent
  • As a transportation fuel, it reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by up to 25 per cent compared to gas and diesel, with nearly zero particulates

Using natural gas improves the quality of the air we breathe, reduces our carbon footprint and lessens our contribution to climate change. For more information, visit onga.ca.

*Ontario Ministry of Energy, Clean Energy in Ontario, energy.gov.on.ca

A gas leak smells like rotten eggs (sulphur)

Woman holding her nose and frowning because of a bad smell
What to do and what not to do if you suspect a natural gas leak

Natural gas is very safe. Still, in the unlikely event of a leak, you should know what to do to protect your home and family. Your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms can't detect a gas leak but, thanks to that unpleasant rotten egg or sulphur smell, your nose can.

Keep your family safe. Make sure everyone in your household knows what a gas leak smells like and what to do if there is one. To learn more about natural gas safety, please visit uniongas.com/safety today.