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    Delhi showing climate change leadership by embracing compressed natural gas

    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.

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    New Report Says Homeowners Can Save Over $1600 a Year By Switching To Natural Gas For Home Heating

    It’s a simple switch, but one that can mean enough in savings for a nice holiday.

    According to a new report from professional services consultancy ICF International, homeowners in areas currently not served by natural gas but suitable for natural expansion, can save over $1,600 per year moving to natural gas for heating says new ICF international report

    The Canadian Gas Association recently worked with ICF International to examine the benefits of natural gas expansion across Canada. The report is good news for anyone who has advocated for expanded access to clean, reliable and affordable natural gas here in Ontario. Connecting more Canadian homes and businesses to natural gas will save consumers money, while reducing emissions.

    This new report concludes that moving homes, businesses and industrial facilities to natural gas for heating will mean major costs savings for Canadian homeowners and businesses. As an example, if the average homeowner in the study group makes the switch to natural gas, the report finds a potential reduction of $1,600 per year in energy costs.

    Additionally, the ICF International report continues to build the case that natural gas is an ally in the fight to combat climate change. Currently, many homes and businesses heat with higher cost and higher-emitting energy sources. Connecting these homes and businesses to clean, reliable and affordable natural gas would be like taking 405,625 passenger vehicles off the road for one year, greatly reducing emissions.

    Follow this link for the report: http://bit.ly/1NJ6qNJ

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    Natural Gas: A Climate Change Ally

    By Bob Betts

    The transportation sector is responsible for billions of dollars of economic activity in Ontario every year. Whether it is the just-in-time delivery of products to store shelves, getting needed material to manufacturers, bringing the bounty of Ontario agriculture to a local famers’ market or getting people to work on time, the transportation sector is vital for moving goods, services and people across the vast distances of Ontario.

    However, this vital sector is also the largest single source of greenhouse gas emissions in the province. In fact, the transportation sector is responsible for about 34 per cent of emissions in Ontario, ahead of electricity production, agriculture and the heating and cooling of homes and businesses.

    Emissions from the transportation sector are a serious challenge for Ontario – but it is also a source of great opportunity. As the government of Ontario works with its federal and provincial counterparts to address climate change, the province can show climate leadership by advocating for an increased role for natural gas in the transportation sector to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In this way, natural gas can be a climate change ally, especially in the short to medium term.

    The transportation sector is already leading. The Ontario Natural Gas Alliance spoke with leaders in natural gas transportation, Groupe Robert and Hamilton Street Railway to see how they put natural gas to work. Watch the video below and see how these leaders have embraced clean, reliable and affordable natural gas.