MONTREAL, Nov. 15, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Gaz Métro salutes EBI's
initiative to establish a network of public service stations that will
supply natural gas as fuel. The Gaz Métro network is contributing to
the project by distributing, at the company's fuelling stations, the
renewable natural gas produced by EBI in Berthierville. Gaz Métro is
pleased to use its gas network to link producers and consumers in order
to facilitate access to locally produced renewable natural gas.
With the rollout of natural gas fuelling stations, Quebec is acting as a
trailblazer in the field in Canada, and following the strong trend in
North America towards adopting natural gas as fuel. This solution is
available now and can significantly reduce operating costs and
greenhouse gas emissions (GHG).
"We salute this initiative, which contributes directly to developing the
market for natural gas as fuel—a necessary and immediate solution for
lowering our dependence on oil products while reducing greenhouse gas
(GHG) emissions in the transportation sector in Quebec," stated Martin
Imbleau, Vice President, Development and Renewable Energies, at the
press conference held earlier today at an EBI service station in
Montreal East. He added: "Gaz Métro is all the more proud to take part
in this project, since we want to develop locally produced renewable
natural gas even more—this is a promising avenue that must be developed
further in Quebec."
In parallel with the EBI initiative, Gaz Métro has set up the Blue Road,
a network of public and private natural gas fuelling stations mainly
targeting heavy vehicles in the freight transportation sector. "There
are now over 200 natural gas vehicles on Quebec's roads, and this is
just the beginning! Today's announcement by EBI strengthens the offer
of natural gas as a vehicle fuel, which is excellent news," said
The transportation sector is responsible for 42.5% of all GHG emissions
in Quebec, which makes it the main GHG emitter in the province.
Trucking alone accounts for 78.4% of transportation sector emissions,
or 33.3% of total GHG emissions. The use of natural gas as fuel is a
promising way to reduce the sector's environmental footprint, while
reducing fuel bills. A truck that runs on natural gas emits up to 25%
fewer GHGs than diesel, and costs up to 40% less in fuel.
About Gaz Métro
With more than $5 billion in assets, Gaz Métro is a leading energy
provider. It is the largest natural gas distribution company in Quebec,
where its 10,000-km underground network of pipelines serves
300 municipalities and more than 185,000 customers. Gaz Métro is also
present in Vermont, producing electricity and distributing electricity
and natural gas to cater to the needs to some 300,000 customers.
Gaz Métro is actively involved in the development of innovative,
sustainability-oriented energy projects such as the production of wind
power, the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel and the
development of biomethane as a renewable energy source. Gaz Métro is
committed to ensuring the satisfaction of its customers; providing
support to businesses, local organizations, families and communities;
and meeting the needs of its partners (Gaz Métro Inc. and Valener) and
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