Oxford County in the Province of Ontario is shifting towards cleaner burning fuels in its fleet in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. New technology is being introduced into some of the county’s fleet that is projected to reduce the county’s CO2 emissions by to 1,706 tons in 2017 (a 6.2% decrease). That will put the fleet on track to achieve a 10% reduction by 2019, equivalent to nearly 3,000 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years.
The new technology includes natural gas vehicles. The county understands CNG is the cleanest burning transportation fuel on the market today, producing 20-30% fewer greenhouse gas emissions and 95% fewer tailpipe emissions than petroleum products. Three of the county’s light trucks have been converted to bi-fuel gasoline/CNG with another 15 to be converted before the end of the year.
The fleet will also include dedicated CNG snow plows. In researching the potential for a fully natural gas vehicle, it was determined a tandem snow plow would be the best application. Later this year, Oxford County will become the first municipality in Ontario to have a CNG snow plow that will be clearing county roads next winter season. There are still a number of challenges in greening the county’s fleet of 119 vehicles including access to alternative fueling stations.
Melissa Abercrombie, Manager of Roads and Facilities of Oxford County Public Works, said: “We are putting the pedal down on a number of exciting initiatives this year when it comes to green vehicle technology. So far, the reviews have been excellent on our CNG light truck conversions. Staff is not noticing any difference in the performance of the vehicles when running on natural gas. We’re also really excited about becoming the first municipality to have snow plows running on CNG later this year. All the while, moving towards a 6% reduction in carbon emissions this year is a great first step in greening the county’s fleet.”
Source: Oxford County