Canada’s Largest Public CNG Fuelling Station Opens in Ontario
Canadian waste resources management company Emterra Group in partnership with fuel supplier GAIN Clean Fuel and transportation company C.A.T. Inc have opened the first public compressed natural gas (CNG) fuelling station in Ontario, in Mississauga, Peel Region. Opened in the presence of Ontario’s Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, the fuelling station will be available for heavy trucks operating in the Windsor to Montreal transportation corridor.
The CNG station is Emterra Group’s fourth CNG fuelling station in Canada and is also the largest CNG station in the country open to the public. Located at 1611 Britannia Road in Mississauga, the CNG fuelling station is a key part of Emterra’s new capability to provide recycling and waste collection services to a significant portion of the Region of Peel’s residents and local businesses, with cleaner-burning, quieter-running, CNG-fuelled collection trucks.
Together, over 100 new CNG trucks to serve Peel Region, the fast fill CNG fuelling station, along with the purchase and upgrade of a heavy truck maintenance facility certified to CNG requirements represent a $50 million investment in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
“The ‘fast-fill’ station will be open to other fleets and operators of CNG vehicles, expanding opportunities for the transportation sector in and around the GTA to ‘go greener’ using a lower cost fuel in their operations, helping to make Ontario trucking businesses more competitive and sustainable,” said Emterra’s Founder and CEO Emmie Leung. “Over their years of service these new trucks will help us cut carbon emissions in Peel by an estimated 31,500 tonnes, which is the equivalent of taking over 6,600 typical passenger vehicles off the road for an entire year,” Leung continued. “That will contribute significantly to cleaner air in Peel and in the province.”
Emterra’s partners in the venture are GAIN Clean Fuel, a division of U.S. Venture Gain Clean Fuel Canada of Appleton, Wisconsin and C.A.T. Inc. (formerly Canadian American Transportation, Inc.) of Quebec.
Minister Glen Murray stated at the opening ceremony, “Using compressed natural gas for vehicle fuel has many advantages, such as being clean, affordable and readily available. I applaud Emterra Group for doing their part to support a low carbon economy in Mississauga, one of Canada’s busiest transportation hubs. This is the type of innovation to help keep Ontario strong and prosperous.”
CNG-fuelled trucks reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 20% and they run as much as 90% quieter  compared to diesel-fuelled engines, substantially cutting noise pollution in residential areas.
Located alongside C.A.T.’s new heavy truck maintenance facility, the station provides strategic benefits to C.A.T. and Emterra. “The convenience of having this alongside our new facility combined with the significant cost savings provides great advantages,” said C.A.T. President Dan Goyette. “We’re looking forward to leveraging the advantages of this station, and the other four stations we’ve partnered on with GAIN Clean Fuel, to provide the superior service our customers expect while meeting our goal of reducing emissions.”