OTTAWA, Jan. 7 /CNW/ - The Canadian Gas Association (CGA) praised the
Government of Canada's leadership in The Natural Gas Use in the
Canadian Transportation Sector Deployment Roadmap process and welcomed
the Roadmap report that recognizes the role of natural gas and innovative Canadian natural gas
technologies in the transportation sector.
Through the leadership of Natural Resources Canada, the Roadmap process
brought together representatives from the trucking industry, engine
manufacturers, the natural gas industry, the environmental community
and federal and provincial policy makers for an 10-month comprehensive
and extensive consultation process to evaluate the role of natural gas
in Canada's transportation sector. The Roadmap report is available on
the Natural Resources Canada website.
"This report represents the work of an inclusive consultation process
involving all of the relevant stakeholders and for the first time takes
a comprehensive look at the role of natural gas in Canada's
transportation sector," said Timothy Egan, President of the Canadian
Gas Association. "Natural gas as a transportation fuel, particularly
for medium and heavy duty fleets, provides a cost-effective and
low-emitting alternative for the transportation sector," continued
Natural gas itself is an abundant domestic resource, an affordable,
safe, reliable, and clean source of energy. Using natural gas as a
fuel source for transportation also brings additional benefits
Reducing heavy-duty natural gas trucks and buses lifecycle greenhouse
gas emissions by an estimated 20-25 per cent compared to diesel trucks
Natural gas vehicles can also operate on renewable natural gas produced
from landfills, digesters and wastewater treatment plants where the
lifecycle greenhouse gas benefits are even greater.
Highway tractors operating on natural gas in regional trucking corridors
can gain access to a lower cost fuel that can provide a competitive
advantage. Operating costs are lower because natural gas is typically
15 to 30 per cent lower in price than diesel fuel.
Canadian companies stand to benefit as the leading suppliers of natural
gas vehicle and station technologies.
"This report is invaluable in that it articulates a number of important
factors that will determine the success of natural gas as a smart
transportation fuel source," continued Egan. "CGA looks forward to
working with the other Roadmap participants to identify ways to
implement the report's recommendations."
CGA is the voice of Canada's natural gas delivery industry. CGA members
are gas distribution companies, transmission companies, related
equipment manufacturers, and other service providers involved in the
delivery of natural gas in Canada.
SOURCE Canadian Gas Association
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Canadian Gas Association
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