The Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance (CNGVA) has released a new report Natural Gas Use in the Medium and Heavy-Duty Transportation Sector. (https://www.nrcan.gc.ca/energy/alternative-fuels/resources/22111)

The new report builds on the observations and recommendations of a 2010 report.

This revised report incorporates updated information on natural gas supply including: an extensive section on renewable natural gas (RNG); information on technical developments as well as codes and standards developments; and examples of significant fleet successes to date.

The use of natural gas as a transportation fuel can offer significant emission reduction benefits, with the potential to reduce GHG emissions by up to 25 percent, depending on the vehicle and fuelling system being used. The emergence of renewable natural gas (RNG) provides added emission reduction benefits for the transportation industry.

There is a strong business case for NGVs in Canada. Natural gas costs remain stable, and high fuel usage fleets can benefit from cost savings. Additional regulatory measures favour the emissions' reductions associated with NGVs accentuating the business case.

More industry and government support is needed to help fleets defray risks, including:

  • Up-front vehicle cost premiums;
  • Greater access to refuelling facilities to improve reach in the transportation sector;
  • Maintenance facility upgrades for both fleets and vendors;
  • Capital investment to enable production, processing, blending and connecting RNG supply to existing pipelines;
  • Stronger outreach tuned to the needs and concerns of various fleet users; and Investments in R&D efforts, including collaborative partnerships with all levels of government, other countries, and research institutions.
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