How far are we from a zero-carbon transportation sector?
Currently, FortisBC fuels more than 850 low-carbon, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles using compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG). In addition to providing lower-carbon alternatives to diesel fuel for commercial vehicle use, FortisBC is planning to meet the demand from the 10 per cent of new light-duty, battery electric powered vehicles purchased in BC, by adding more charging stations.
Making charging stations more accessible for British Columbians
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 charge fast? Currently, we operate 23 direct current fast charging (DCFC) EV stations at 16 locations across the southern Interior of the province.
Affordable and costing users $0.30 per minute to charge—the same rate as other stations throughout the province—DCFC stations can provide more than 100 km of driving range in 20 - 30 minutes. Partnering with communities and all levels of government to build more affordable EV charging stations is another way we’re meeting the challenge to reduce our customers’ emissions by 30 per cent by 2030.
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We’re helping our customers plug in to cleaner energy choices for transportation.
Finding lower carbon solutions for commercial transportation
At 41 per cent of provincial greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), transportation accounts for the largest emissions footprint in BC. 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. Good thing we have a plan as part of our Clean Growth Pathway to 2050 vision, to address this issue. And our 30BY30 target will be how we measure our progress.
GHG emissions by sector
Transportation has the largest emissions footprint in BC, producing 41 per cent of all GHG emissions.
We see a future where light-duty vehicles can be 100 per cent zero-emissions by gradually adopting battery-electric and fuel cell technology.
And we’ve got a solution for medium and heavy-duty vehicles too. Currently, FortisBC fuels more than 850 low-carbon medium- and heavy-duty vehicles using compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG), reducing GHG and air contaminant emissions right here, right now. In addition, we’ll continue to help our customers with medium- and heavy-duty truck transitions to a variety of lower-carbon fuel alternatives. These fuel options include CNG, LNG, Renewable Natural Gas (RNG), battery electric vehicles (BEV), and hydrogen-powered vehicles when they become available.
Partnering with companies and industry for a cleaner BC
Powerful partnerships get us to bigger 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, CNG vehicles make up roughly a fifth of TransLink's bus fleet. In GHG terms that adds up to around 21 per cent fewer emissions 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. TransLink was the first public transportation authority in Canada to use RNG to help fuel its natural gas-powered buses.
Through our five-year RNG-supply contract, we’ll provide up to 500,000 gigajoules (GJs) annually within that period, which is expected 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—the equivalent of taking 10,000 cars off the road for one year—and the company has a goal of using 100 per cent renewable energy by 2050, which further supports our 30BY30 progress.
** Estimated GHG emissions reduction from TransLink’s natural gas bus fleet, fuelled with 100 per cent RNG.
With the help of our incentive programs, more and more transportation companies are motivated to make the switch to LNG, CNG and RNG. As more companies recognize what they can do to decarbonize their transportation networks, they can start making a huge, positive impact on the environment.
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