Facing the challenges of
natural gas for transportation
The transportation sector causes significant environmental stress, mainly due to greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles. The increasing number of cars and trucks on North American roads, as well as the increased commute times brought about by urban sprawl, also contribute to the phenomenon of global warming.
In response to these issues, EBI proposes a fuel alternative that could revolutionize transportation and turn the tide.
Energy consumed by Canadian transportation
In proportion to its population, Quebec is one of the largest energy consumers in the world. Essentially, the harsh climate, the vastness of the territory and traffic jams in urban areas are some of the features that contribute to high energy consumption.
According to Statistics Canada data in 2010, the proportion of energy consumption associated with the transportation sector represented 34% of total consumption. Unsurprisingly, the transportation sector was the second-largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in 2015 at 24%.
Energy transition in transportation
In order to help bring about positive changes, the Quebec government has recently released its 2017-2020 action plan for its 2030 Energy Policy, which aims, among other things, to increase and diversify the energy supply to facilitate Quebec’s transition to clean and renewable energy.
Through these 42 measures, the government seeks to reduce the amount of petroleum products consumed by 40%, including support for carriers transitioning to low-carbon fuels, such as Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). More specifically, the Government of Quebec is setting targets for 12,000 natural gas vehicles and 30 public CNG stations by 2020.
Ontario is on a similar path with the announcement of the final details of the Green Commercial Vehicle Program, which provides rebates towards the purchase of alternative-fuel vehicles, including natural gas. Beginning in early 2018, the transport sector can expect a 30% rebate of the incremental costs for natural gas vehicles.
How can natural gas reshape transportation?
Many features of CNG make it an ally in the fight against climate change. A vehicle that runs on CNG emits up to 25% less greenhouse gases and significantly reduces air pollutants and fine particle emissions.
Preservation of groundwater and water bodies is also an issue that deserves our attention. In the event of an accident causing a natural gas spill, the soil will not be contaminated, which means that unlike oil, CNG involves no soil contamination risk.
Noise pollution caused by heavy trucks decreases quality of life for nearby residents and for the driver himself. When compared to diesel engine trucks, vehicles running on CNG are much quieter.
Contact EBI to change your transportation
Whether you are a transport business owner or a contractor with multiple work vehicles, there are ways to reduce the environmental impact of your fleet. EBI’s solutions are part of an efficient, realistic and cost-effective climate change strategy. If the environment is important to you, contact our team to make the transition as smoothly as possible.