How can CNG be an effective solution in Quebec’s energy transition?

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Renewable energies should be able to meet the majority of Quebec society’s energy needs by 2030. This of course implies a significant reduction in the consumption of traditional petroleum products, particularly in the transport sector.

While electric vehicles are a promising way to reduce dependence on oil, sources of energy other than electricity can also contribute to Quebec’s energy transition. This is the case with a particular form of natural gas that can supply vehicles: CNG.

Quebec’s Energy Transition Master Plan

The Plan directeur en transition, innovation et efficacité énergétiques du Québec 2018-2023 was published in October 2018. It addresses several issues facing people who have set themselves the goal of making more room for clean and renewable energy.

The plan also contains the targets that the Government of Quebec wishes to reach, such as improving the average energy efficiency of Quebec society by 1% per year and reducing total consumption of petroleum products by at least 5% compared to 2013 levels.

Natural gas from renewable sources

If the target is to reduce fossil fuel consumption, renewable energy has to be prioritized. Renewable natural gas (RNG), which can be produced by capturing biogas in landfills, will most certainly contribute to achieving this goal.

According to current government forecasts, the proportion of RNG consumed in Quebec could reach 66% of total natural gas consumption by 2030. If this vision comes to fruition, it would be equivalent to removing 1.5 million cars per year, or more than 7.2 Mt of greenhouse gases averted.

This type of natural gas can be used to produce CNG.

CNG: a fuel that can contribute to the energy transition in transport

CNG (compressed natural gas) is a form of natural gas that is pressurized until it occupies about 300 times less space than it does in its traditional form. This fuel, which can be used to power heavy truck engines, is much cleaner than diesel, which is currently the most widely used fuel for this type of vehicle. CNG engines emit 25% less greenhouse gases than diesel engines. In addition, the use of compressed natural gas reduces the emission of harmful fine particles almost entirely.

This is why the Government of Quebec includes the use of CNG in several measures of its energy transition plan and financially encourages carriers to adopt it.

EBI contributes to the energy transition by offering CNG to Quebecers

Clearly, to speed up the process of achieving the goals of Quebec’s Energy Transition Plan, a greater focus on CNG is ideal.

A true ambassador for CNG vehicles in Quebec, EBI has even set up a network of stations where carriers can refuel their vehicles with compressed natural gas. Contact our team to find out how you can also contribute to Quebec’s energy transition by adopting CNG as a fuel.