Marc Serré, Parliamentary Secretary to Seamus O’Regan Jr., Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, announced a $3-million investment to Envoy Energy for the installation of three natural gas stations in northern Ontario that will put the trucking industry in the driver’s seat on the road to a cleaner future by helping it switch from diesel to CNG, one of the greenest transportation fuels on the market today for long-haul vehicles.
The new CNG stations — which are located at existing service stations in Nipigon, Hearst and Cochrane — will include on-site storage and easy-to-use dispensers providing all the features heavy-duty truck drivers need when refueling along the Trans-Canada Highway. “The trucking industry plays an important role in building a low-emissions energy future. By investing in companies like Envoy Energy, we’re providing transport companies with cleaner options to get to where they need to go,” said Serré.
“The network of CNG and renewable natural gas stations along the Trans-Canada Highway will provide the necessary refueling infrastructure for heavy-duty Class-8 trucks to confidently travel across the country and allow more vehicles to reduce their carbon footprint,” commented James Ro, President of Envoy Energy.
Federal funding is provided through Natural Resources Canada’s Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment (EVAFIDI), which is investing to establish natural gas refueling stations along key transportation routes. To date, the federal government has provided support for 22 natural gas stations to be installed across Canada, providing transport companies with cleaner options to move their goods. The new investments will enable freight fleets to choose to drive lower-emitting NGVs now and position them to transition to renewable natural gas as the supply grows across Canada over time.
The government has invested over $600 million to make alternative fuel infrastructure more accessible. This investment supports natural gas refueling stations along key freight corridors, hydrogen stations in metropolitan centers, the demonstration of next-generation charging technologies and the development of enabling codes and standards. The government continues to support green infrastructure projects that will create good jobs, advance Canada’s green future and help achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.
Source: Natural Resources Canada