An economical solution

In addition to lowering costs, you can reduce your greenhouse emissions by as much as 25% by choosing natural gas. Switching to blue lets your municipality, your budget and the planet breathe a little better.
— Charts comparing annual fuel costs1 for a garbage truck that consumes an average of 96.5 liters of diesel per 100 km. Based on an annual mileage of 40,000 kilometers. The natural gas costs represent a compressed natural gas engine (CNG).

Two options for reducing GHGs

Natural gas from traditional sources: in its compressed form (3,600 psi for storage in vehicle fuel tanks), natural gas for vehicles can reduce up to 20% of GHG emissions.

Renewable natural gas (RNG): derived from landfills or from organic matter and agricultural waste, RNG can also be compressed and used to power vehicles with 100% locally produced carbon-neutral energy.

A fuel suitable for different types of vehicles

  • Choose an alternative fuel for reducing GHGs, air pollutants and noise.

  • Make your light vehicles carbon-neutral with a natural gas- and biomethane-powered engine!

  • Did you know that in North America 30% of buses run on natural gas?

  • In Québec, six private waste collection companies already operate their trucks with natural gas.

Grants

Obtain grants of up to $30,000 for the purchase of a natural gas truck through the Écocamionnage program. Énergir also offers grants for the installation of a private fuelling station.

Under the Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrasture Deployment Initiative, Natural Resources Canada will pay up to 50% of eligible costs to a maximum of $1 million for the construction of a public fuelling station.

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The fuelling stations

Strategically placed public fuelling stations cover major road corridors across Québec. A public fuelling station in your area will offer additional benefits to local citizens and to truck drivers travelling through. You can also invest in your own private station to fuel your municipal vehicle fleet— perfect for using your own locally produced renewable natural gas!

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Rivière-des-Prairies/Pointe-aux-Trembles

In March 2016, the Rivière-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles borough purchased a natural gas-powered dump truck—a first for the City of Montréal.

“I’m so proud that our borough has pioneered this transition to natural gas. It’s part of a sustainable development pilot project that aims to reduce greenhouse gases.”
Chantal Rouleau, borough mayor

Town of Magog

Sani-Estrie is one of the industry’s growing number of Québec companies that have switched to natural gas. Others include EBI, Vision Enviro Progressive, TTI Environnement and Gaudreau Environnement. This fuel provides a real solution for improving vehicle fleet efficiency, thus contributing to a greener community.

“We are looking beyond profits—our wish is to help communities improve the environment for future generations. The government is encouraging municipalities to reduce emissions. Therefore, it is very likely that some municipalities will be emphasizing this requirement in future calls for tender. With our industry’s increasing participation in the movement, we will see changes.”Sylvain Gagné, co-owner of Sani-Estrie
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Contact our municipal affairs team with your questions.

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1. The rebates are applicable to businesses located on the Énergir gas network and equipped with central heating appliances, provided that they do not have a heat pump or dual-energy heating system. The amount of financial assistance is based on expected natural gas consumption, the type of appliance to be installed and the total amount of the investment. The 15% total corresponds to a potential customer who installs a natural gas warm-air furnace with a capacity of 10,000 m3. The rebates are subject to credit approval and eligibility for the natural gas Consumption Rebate Program and the Energy Efficiency Program. The terms and conditions of the program and the amounts of financial assistance are subject to change without notice. A five-year natural gas supply contract is required. Other conditions may apply. The financial assistance will only be paid once the natural gas appliance(s) is(are) installed. The eligibility criteria are listed in the Consumption Rebate Program guide approved by the Régie de l’énergie, a copy of which may be obtained on request.

2. The rebates are applicable to businesses located on the Énergir gas network and equipped with oil-fired central heating appliances, provided that they do not have a heat pump or dual-energy heating system and that the expected new natural gas appliance consumption is at least of 3,600m3 of natural gas. Other conditions may apply. The terms and conditions of the program and the amounts of financial assistance are subject to change without notice. To benefit from this grant, you must sign a contract with Énergir or an Énergir Natural Gas Certified Partner first.

1-2: The cost to switch to natural gas includes a basic connection charge of $300. An additional cost may apply if an extension to the natural gas network is needed, plus an additional contribution based on the expected consumption of natural gas. 

3. According to the prices in effect from November 1, 2019 to October 31, 2020. Based on Énergir rates and those of Hydro-Québec approved by the Régie de l’énergie; takes into account base electric consumption and rack price of oil with 2% sulfur including, in particular, transport, distribution and CATS.