TORONTO, Ont. – A new video released by the Ontario Natural Gas Alliance (ONGA) is touting the use of natural gas as an environmentally friendly alternative to diesel, saying it would reduce public transit and long-haul transportation emissions by 30%.
The video features Hamilton Street Railway and Groupe Robert Transportation calling each leaders in clean transportation through the use of natural gas.
The ONGA says the transportation sector is not only responsible for billions of dollars of economic activity in Ontario, but also around 34% of emissions in the province, ahead of electricity production, agriculture and the heating and cooling of homes and businesses.
“There is a potential, especially in Southern Ontario, that natural gas could be part of a much broader holistic approach to transportation,” said Dr. Daniel Hoornweg, a professor at the University of Ontario, Institute of Technology, in the video. “Having natural gas as a fuel rather than diesel for heavy-duty trucks is highly cost-effective and reduces greenhouse gas emissions right off the bat by 30% or more.”
The video points out that private trucking companies were pioneers when it came to using natural gas to power their fleets, and, in addition to it being a cleaner fuel, it is also cheaper and could save the Ontario transportation sector 50% on its costs.
The ONGA is a partnership between two Ontario natural gas distribution companies; Enbridge Gas Distribution and Union Gas.
To view the video or learn more about natural gas use in Ontario, visit onga.ca.