Gaz Métro applauds the 2017-2018 budget’s positive measures in line with Québec’s energy transition, as presented by Québec Minister of Finance Carlos Leitão. Among various other measures, the Minister announced the renewal of the Écocamionnage (green trucking) program until 2020, and the enhancement of financial assistance for conversion to fueling with natural gas. In addition, the $20.5 million budgetary envelope was continued so regions in Québec can have access to natural gas.
“The Ecocamionnage program represents an important lever for reaching Québec’s objectives in the fight against climate change, as it addresses Québec’s highest-emitting sector, which is transportation. Heavy trucks that replace diesel with natural gas reduce their GHG emissions up to 25%. The envelope assigned to extending the gas network was also hoped for by many regions that wish to bring the environmental benefits of replacing oil by natural gas to their communities,” stated Stéphanie Trudeau, Senior Vice President, Regulatory Framework, Customers and Communities, at Gaz Métro.
The purpose of the Écocamionnage program is to promote the use of equipment and technologies that improve energy efficiency while reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation of goods. The renewed program will encourage transporters to convert their vehicle fleets by way of incentives: 30% of additional purchase costs of liquefied or compressed natural gas trucks will be reimbursed, which could add up to $30,000 in savings per heavy vehicle.
For the last several years, Gaz Métro has offered its customers the option of using natural gas as a fuel to power their fleet of heavy vehicles. Switching from diesel—widely used in the transportation industry—to natural gas allows for annual reductions of up to 35 tons of GHG per truck. By using renewable natural gas from organic wastes, up to 195 tons of GHG can be saved annually per truck.
Source: Gaz Métro