Recently the Ontario Natural Gas Alliance spent some time in Hamilton talking to the leadership and employees of Hamilton Street Railway (HSR), the municipal public transit provider, about its use of compressed natural gas (CNG). As a large urban people mover, HSR gets thousands of riders everyday to school, work and home again, in part with a fleet of vehicles fuelled by clean, reliable and affordable compressed natural gas. HSR has embraced CNG technology as compared to traditional diesel; it greatly reduces emissions, helping keep the air in Hamilton clean.
Encouragingly, Hamilton is not alone in promoting the use of CNG technology to reduce emissions. In an effort to curb air pollution, the city of Delhi, India, has been ordered by Supreme Court to only allow CNG taxis to operate on Delhi streets and around the National Capital Region. This is part of broader prescient efforts to reduce emissions in the region by curbing the use of diesel vehicles in the region and preventing the registration of new diesel vehicles. Here’s a recent article on the move to CNG taxis in Delhi: http://bit.ly/1Idpa7Q
The city of Delhi is taking some good advice and enacting practical solutions to the global climate change challenge. Here in Ontario, Professor Daniel Hoornweg of the Ontario University Institute of Technology has highlighted that natural gas can be part of a suite of transportation and transit solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while people, goods and services get where they need to be on time. Dr. Hoornweg’s recent study calls on leaders from all levels of government to support the transition to electric vehicles for personal transportation, CNG for transit and liquefied natural gas for long-haul transportation and trucking.