Ontario welcomes first RNG-fuelled bus
Hamilton Street Railway (HSR) is now the first public transport authority in Ontario to use RNG to transport customers. In one year, the HSR RNG bus will use and divert 450 tonnes of organic waste from landfill, equivalent to 38 refuse collection trucks, while also displacing CO2 emissions from 36,000 tonnes of diesel consumed annually.
Fred Eisenberger, Mayor of the City of Hamilton, said: “RNG provides an excellent opportunity for the HSR and City of Hamilton to continue our efforts to lower corporate greenhouse gas emissions and move toward targets outlined in our Climate Change Emergency declaration and Corporate Energy and Sustainability Policy.
“We are proud to partner with Enbridge Gas on this innovative initiative that will pave the way to ensure the future of transit in our community is energy efficient and sustainable.”
The HSR bus operates with carbon-negative RNG fuel provided by the StormFisher facility in London, Ontario, helping to create a circular economy in the province.
“We are excited to work with the City of Hamilton and Enbridge on this transformational initiative,” said Brandon Moffatt, vice-president of development and operations at StormFisher.
“The use of RNG as a carbon-negative fuel for public transit is a great example of the steps that need to be taken as we move forward into a net-zero carbon future, and supporting economic development and jobs in Ontario.”
Debbie Dalle Vedove, director of transit at HSR, added: “HSR is proud to have led the transit industry as an early adopted of natural gas to fuel a significant portion of our buses. By leveraging RNG, we’re continuing our legacy of being one of the greenest transit fleets in Ontario and Canada.”