Three key guidelines

First of all, Gaz Métro wants to help its customers reduce their consumption by implementing its Global Energy Efficiency Plan, which promotes the use of clean and efficient technologies. Gaz Métro’s sustainable development approach also includes substituting natural gas for more polluting forms of energy like fuel oil and diesel. Lastly, undertaking a sustainable development approach successfully also means focusing on innovative energy sources that produce little or no greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
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  • Consuming less

    Energy efficiency programs

    Gaz Métro has more than 20 energy efficiency programs adapted to its customers, be they residential or industrial. From grants for high-efficiency appliances to programs for implementing efficient measures, several solutions help customers to cut their energy consumption and costs and to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

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    Research and development investments

    To continue promoting energy efficiency for our customers, Gaz Métro fosters its growth through R&D. As such, it maintains a partnership with the Natural Gas Technologies Centre (NGTC), whose mission is to develop new gas technologies that improve energy efficiency.
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  • Consuming better

    Natural gas as fuel

    Natural gas has proven effective for road transportation through its cleaner combustion compared to diesel motors. Every truck that runs on liquefied natural gas (LNG) or compressed natural gas (CNG) instead of diesel reduces GHG emissions by up to 25%, in addition to almost fully eliminating air contaminant emissions. Worldwide, more than 20 million vehicles already run on natural gas.

    Liquefied natural gas to reduce industrial and mining GHG emissions

    Using LNG to replace fuel oil leads to a 32% reduction in the GHG emissions of industrial sector companies, which are responsible for a third of GHG emissions in Québec. Industries and mines located in remote areas like the Côte-Nord and Northern Québec, which aren’t served by the gas network, can now look forward to a supply of LNG delivered by tanker truck.
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  • Developing renewable energies

    Wind power

    Gaz Métro invests in wind power production in Québec with its partner Boralex, and in Vermont with its subsidiary Green Mountain Power. The Seigneurie de Beaupré wind farm in Québec City and the Searsburg and Kingdom wind farms in Vermont are projects that allow Gaz Métro to focus on renewable wind energy.

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    Biomethane

    Biomethane is a 100% renewable natural gas created from organic waste such as table scraps. This renewable and carbon-neutral natural gas is produced locally and can be added to the gas network or used directly to heat buildings or as a fuel. It is one big step closer to energy independence.

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    Solar power

    The sun is a natural energy source for generating electrical energy or reducing energy consumption, which also means reducing GHG emissions. While solar power accounts for only a small portion of Québec’s energy portfolio—less than 1% in 2013—its potential is nonetheless huge.

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Gaz Métro’s contribution to the carbon market

Since January 1, 2015, Gaz Métro has to cover its GHG emissions and those of its customers, individuals and businesses, by purchasing GHG emission rights. Three options are available to Gaz Métro to obtain these emission rights : buying at auctions organized between Québec and California, purchasing surpluses from other companies or acquiring industry-generated offset credits.
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Acquisition of offset credits

In fall 2015, Gaz Métro acquired the first offset credits ever generated in Québec under the CATS from Recyclage ÉcoSolutions Inc. These credits stem from the destruction, from 2009 to 2011, of 81 tons of CFCs, powerful greenhouse gases found in old refrigerators and other domestic cold appliances.
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