The city of Hamilton and Enbridge Gas publicly announce the first renewable natural gas bus in Ontario. Hamilton Street Railway (HSR) is now the first public transportation authority in Ontario to use this renewable fuel to transport customers. In one year, the HSR bus will use and divert 450 tons of organic waste from the landfill, equivalent to 38 garbage trucks, while also displacing CO2 emissions from 36,000 liters of diesel consumed in a year.
“Renewable natural gas provides an excellent opportunity for the HSR and City of Hamilton to continue our efforts to lower corporate GHG emissions and move toward targets outlined in our Climate Change Emergency declaration and Corporate Energy and Sustainability Policy. We are proud to partner with Enbridge Gas on this innovative initiative that will pave the way to ensure the future of transit in our community is energy efficient and sustainable,” said Mayor of Hamilton Fred Eisenberger.
This new green bus operates with carbon-negative biomethane —fuel that goes beyond net-zero—provided from the StormFisher facility in London, Ontario, creating a circular economy in the province; achieving climate change targets, diverting waste from landfills, and supporting economic development, all while decreasing CO2 emissions and providing transit customers with comfort and reliability.
“We are excited to work with the city of Hamilton and Enbridge on this transformational initiative. The use of renewable natural gas as a carbon-negative fuel for public transit is a great example of the steps that need to be taken as we move forward into a net-zero carbon future, and supporting economic development and jobs in Ontario,” commented Brandon Moffatt, Vice President, Development & Operations, StormFisher Ltd.
“We are proud to have led the transit industry as an early adopter of natural gas to fuel a significant portion of our buses. By leveraging renewable natural gas, we’re continuing our legacy of being one of the greenest transit fleets in Ontario and Canada,” stated Debbie Dalle Vedove, Director of Transit (HSR).
“The HSR is a prime example of a major transit authority recognizing the environmental benefits and financial value of renewable natural gas,” said Cynthia Hansen, President of Enbridge Gas. “We’re pleased to support their efforts by supplying renewable natural gas, a cleaner fuel option that will help fight climate change in the region.”
Source: City of Hamilton