In order to help fight climate change, our team is implementing practical solutions because we believe Québec deserves a more energy-efficient future.
Discover how the sun, the wind, and even cows are doing their bit! Our goal is to expand Québec’s renewable energy portfolio while reducing greenhouse gases.
Gaz Métro is about more than just natural gas—just look at our involvement in Vermont and the Seigneurie de Beaupré Wind Farms in the Québec City region, one of the country’s largest wind farms, which generates enough electricity for 65,000 households’ annual needs. We believe that Québec’s sustainable development includes a wide variety of energy sources, including wind power.
Fun fact, wind turbines produce more electricity between November and April due to the strong winter winds and the higher concentration of cold air. It’s no wonder Québec has some of the most high-performance wind farms anywhere.
Source : Frédéric Côté, General Manager at TechnoCentre éolien, “Performantes par temps froid,” Le Soleil, 2014.
Quebec’s electricity coming from wind power should be up to 10% by the end of 2016. According to the Global Wind Energy Council, wind power could supply between 10% to 12% of worldwide electricity by 2020. You could say Québec has the winds of change in its sails!
The town of Saint-Hyacinthe produces energy from table scraps and other organic matter thanks to biomethanation. In partnership with Gaz Métro, this initiative will heat municipal buildings and fuel city vehicles while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It’s a great example of a community repurposing waste to produce renewable energy.
As biomethanation projects continue to be developed, we could soon expect to see a locally produced, renewable natural gas option emerged in Québec – a 100 % carbo- neutral natural gas, thereby potentially tuming each producer into a leader of sustainable development by directly contributing to reducing GHG and to increasing the province’s energy efficiency.
Reference : Gaz Métro’s blog
Renewable energy can come from the most unexpected places. Just look at our cow manure biogas project in Vermont. We’re able to extract methane from cow manure to produce renewable natural gas, used to generate 1.6 million KWh of electricity annually—that’s enough to power 292,000 homes every year. This project is carried out in collaboration with Blue Spruce Farm and Green Mountain Power, a subsidiary of Gaz Métro.
That’s roughly how many heads of cattle there are in the world. The methane produced by raising grazing animals is responsible for 4.5% of global warming. Transforming cow manure into biogas is an excellent way to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Source : FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization). Reflexions, the Université de Liège’s popularization website. Belgium, 2013
Contrary to popular opinion, cows create greenhouse gas by burping, not by farting. To reduce their gas output, they’d need a kangaroo’s stomach—it’s the only grazing animal that doesn’t produce methane.
Source : “Climat : les vaches continueront de roter, alors que faire?” Sciences & Avenir. France, February 2015.
To develop the renewable energy of tomorrow, Gaz Métro participates in innovative projects like the Vermont solar farm where 7,700 solar panels were spread over 15 acres of land. It produces 2 MW of electricity, enough to power 2,000 homes during full sun or 365 homes year-round. We’re also pleased to help our clients here at home who want to use a variety of energy sources, such as Cascades and its solar energy project.
There are two main ways to exploit solar energy: photovoltaic, which converts sunshine into electricity, and thermal, which transforms sunshine into heat.
Source : Fondation d’entreprise ALCEN pour la connaissance des énergies. connaissancedesenergies.org, France, 2015.
To produce solar energy, high temperatures are less important than sunshine levels and Québec has an enviable amount. To put it in perspective, Rio de Janeiro’s photovoltaic output is barely more than Québec City’s!
Source: Canada Green Building Council, voirvert.ca, Le portail du batîment durable au Québec, Québec, 2014.
Gaz Métro is increasing its efforts to reduce energy waste by creating and proposing innovative and responsible solutions promoting energy efficiency.
Since 2001, Gaz Métro and its clients have contributed to over 107,000 energy efficiency projects that have resulted in a reduction of 723,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions, which is like having 172,000 fewer vehicles on Québec roads this year.
Source : Valener. Faits saillants,2014 Annual Report, Montréal, 2014.
Gaz Métro is the first and only sector to have reached the energy-efficiency targets set out in the Government of Québec’s 2006–2015 Energy Strategy. This is hard evidence of our commitment to the sustainable development of Québec’s economy and to fighting climate change.
The arrival of natural gas in Thetford Mines in 2012 allowed the region to reduce its annual greenhouse gas emissions by over 9,000 tonnes. Moreover, the local hospital alone was able to save $120,000 per year. Results that are good for the environment and the economy clearly demonstrate our commitment to sustainable development. Many clients have thus been able to take advantage of Gaz Métro’s energy-efficiency programs.
Source : Gaz Métro. Le gaz naturel pour un développement économique durable, 2013.
The transportation industry is the single biggest producer of greenhouse gas emissions in Québec. One of the solutions is to give priority to natural gas and make it more accessible in remote areas in order to significantly reduce greenhouse gas and help Québec as a whole to breathe easier.
Do you know the F.-A.-Gauthier Ferry in Matane? It’s the first liquefied natural gas-powered ferry in North America. That’s a first that all Québecers can be proud of, as LNG emits 25% less greenhouse gas than marine diesel. As well as offering a tangible solution to climate change, this gas allows shipowners to meet the increasingly strict emission standards on North American seaways.
Liquefied natural gas is a great friend of the environment— it reduces atmospheric pollutants and it doesn’t mix with water, unlike heating oil. It’s a great example of performance and cleanliness.
Aquatic wildlife must be big fans of liquefied natural gas motors—they’re quieter and produce less vibrations, and that means less disturbance and less pollution. LNG is a great way to protect our waterways and the species that call them home.
Choosing natural gas to fuel their garbage trucks has allowed Gaudreau Environnement to save up to 30% in energy costs. Plus, the company has reduced its carbon footprint since natural gas produces up to 25% less greenhouse gas emissions. This technology is dependable, safe and quiet—it’s got everything it takes to forge a path on our roads.
Automobile manufacturers now offer a wide range of natural gas-powered vehicles. Over 22 million now run on natural gas around the world. Spotted one lately?
Natural gas is a proven winner in terms of transportation due to its engines that burn a lot cleaner than diesel. Plus, as well as being safer, they reduce noise by 10 decibels. Those advantages sound pretty good.