Ontario recently took the next step to a cleaner future with the opening of a network of three compressed natural gas (CNG) fuelling stations along Ontario’s Highway 401.
Union Gas, Clean Energy Fuels Corp. and the Government of Ontario made the announcement on Dec. 14 in London.
Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) is helping drive cleaner transportation as the announcement is part of the Agrifood Renewable Natural Gas for Transportation Demonstration Pilot Program, administered by OCE on behalf of Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), and which brings together agribusiness and the energy sector.
“We are pleased to be working with the Government of Ontario as it takes steps to remove barriers to the expansion of CNG fuelling stations and encourages uptake of renewable natural gas as a transportation fuel,” said Tom Corr, President and CEO of OCE. “Ontario agri-food businesses are developing innovative solutions that reduce emissions while driving job creation and economic growth.”
This network of CNG stations includes locations in London, Windsor and Napanee. It will provide heavy-duty truck fleets with convenient access to one of the most affordable and clean transportation fuels commercially available, along some of the most heavily travelled truck routes in Ontario. The stations provide transport companies with cleaner options to move their goods, which reduces costs and pollution while improving productivity.
The London CNG station, located at one of the busiest travel centres in the province, will offer renewable natural gas (RNG) fuel supply chain from StormFisher Environmental Ltd., a nearby biogas facility and an OCE-supported company. The partnership with Union Gas allows StormFisher to divert organic and agricultural waste from landfill, and repurpose it into renewable natural gas, creating a sustainable and carbon-neutral fuel source for a variety of service vehicles.
CHAR Technologies, another OCE-supported company, is also involved in the project with its SulfaCHAR product, a cost-effective, zero-waste solution for cleaning hydrogen sulfide from renewable natural gas for pipeline quality.
Several elected representatives from the area, including London Mayor Ed Holder, as well as senior executives from Enbridge, Clean Energy Fuels, StormFisher Environmental and OCE attended the event.