How far are we from a low emission transportation sector?
We’re working towards it, but we still have a way to go. That’s why we’re rethinking how we get there by working with government and our industry partners to meet growing demand for lower emission transportation solutions. It’s part of our 30BY30 plan and how we’re rethinking a lower carbon future for BC.
Installing more charging stations across BC
Charging at home or at a public Level 2 station is a great option most of the time. But how about when you need a fast charge? Currently, we operate 30 direct current fast charging (DCFC) electric vehicle (EV) stations at 19 different locations across our electric service territory. In 2020, we saw a 105 per cent increase in EV charging on our network, compared to 2019. By the end of 2021, we plan to have at least 40 chargers in service at 22 different sites, helping EV drivers travel with confidence across our electric service territory.
Costing users $0.30 per minute to charge—the same rate as many other stations throughout the province—FortisBC’s DCFC stations are conveniently located in close proximity to travel corridors, supporting highway travel within and between the numerous communities served by FortisBC. Partnering with communities and all levels of government to build more charging stations is another way we’re meeting the challenge to reduce our customers’ greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30 per cent by 2030.
Partnering with companies and industry
Powerful partnerships get us to bigger greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction numbers faster. Since we began our partnership in 2018, TransLink has been a leading example for transit authorities and fleet operators making the switch to lower-carbon fuels. Today, compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles make up roughly a fifth of TransLink's bus fleet. In GHG terms, TransLink estimates up to 21 per cent fewer emissions per bus with a 50 per cent reduction in fuel costs versus diesel.
With RNG, a carbon-neutral fuel, the partnership gets even better, reducing GHG emissions by close to 90 per cent versus diesel.2 TransLink was the first public transportation authority in Canada to use RNG to help fuel its natural gas-powered buses. Through our five-year supply contract, we expect to fuel the existing TransLink natural gas bus fleet with 100 per cent RNG. The transition to RNG will reduce TransLink's GHG emissions by 50,000 tons per year or the equivalent of taking 10,000 cars off the road for one year. This will be a positive step for TransLink and its goal of using 100 per cent renewable energy by 2050, which further supports our 30BY30 progress.
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We’re helping our customers plug in to cleaner energy choices for transportation.
Finding lower carbon commercial solutions
At 41 per cent of provincial GHG emissions, transportation accounts for the largest emissions footprint in BC.1 Think about all those truck fleets, long haul semis, city buses and more powered by diesel and you start to get a clearer picture of the opportunity for lowering emissions. Together with industry and government, we have a plan—part of our Clean Growth Pathway to 2050— to address this issue.
GHG emissions by sector
Transportation has the largest emissions footprint in BC, producing 41 per cent of all GHG emissions.
Today, FortisBC fuels more than 1000 low-carbon medium-duty and heavy-duty vehicles using CNG and liquefied natural gas (LNG), reducing GHG and air contaminant emissions right here, right now. In addition, we’ll continue to help our transportation customers transition to a variety of lower-carbon fuel alternatives that are commercially available today, including Renewable Natural Gas (RNG).
With the gradual adoption of battery-electric and hydrogen fuel cell technology, we also see a future where personal vehicles could produce zero emissions. As part of this future, we envision helping our customers with training, infrastructure support and incentives for when these zero emission solutions become commercially available for medium- and heavy duty vehicles.
RNG will reduce TransLinks’ GHG emissions by the equivalent of taking 10,000 cars/year off the road
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More companies are reducing carbon emissions in their vehicles by switching to LNG, CNG and RNG. See how yours can make positive impact on the environment.
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1 Pathways for British Columbia to achieve its GHG reduction goals; Guidehouse, 2020, p11.
2 Calculations based on carbon intensities from BC’s Renewable & Low Carbon Fuel Requirements Regulation