MONTREAL, Nov. 1, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Gaz Métro welcomes the measures
announced today by the government of Quebec concerning the use of
natural gas for the freight transportation industry and heavy vehicles.
The transportation sector is responsible for 42.5% of all greenhouse
gases emissions (GHGs) in Quebec, making it a priority area for
intervention. Trucks, freight trains and ships account for almost a
third of total GHG emissions in the transportation sector. Although
they are the mainstay of our economic activity, it is essential to
reduce their environmental footprint. For technical and economic
reasons, natural gas, and not electricity, is the solution for these
Already, a number of companies here in Quebec, notably Robert Transport
and EBI, have adopted natural gas. A truck that runs on natural gas
emits up to 25% fewer GHGs and is up to 40% cheaper than diesel.
As such, the government's announcement that it will subsidize 30% of the
additional cost, up to a maximum of $75,000, for the purchase of
vehicles running on natural gas as a source of fuel--in compressed or
liquefied form--is excellent news.
"The measures announced today are important, because they will help
speed up the use of natural gas as fuel, resulting in an immediate
reduction of up to 25% in GHG emissions," said Sophie Brochu, President
and Chief Executive Officer of Gaz Métro.
Natural gas is also good for use in ships and locomotives. In this
regard, Gaz Métro would like to underscore the proposed measures in the
government document to reduce GHGs in the marine and railway sectors by
encouraging the use of alternative, cleaner fuel such as natural gas.
As well, Gaz Métro wishes to highlight the creation of a road freight
transportation working group and is enthusiastic about the prospect of
actively taking part in it.
About Gaz Métro
With over $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 employees. www.gazmetro.com
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