VANCOUVER – The City of Vancouver has taken a step towards achieving its goal of using 100 per cent renewable energy sources by entering into a new fuel contract with Suncor. With this new contract, all of the city’s diesel vehicles will transition to 100 per cent renewable diesel, reducing emissions to 50 per cent below 2007 levels by the end of next year.
Eight per cent of the city’s fuel is CNG. It have a dedicated natural gas compression station that allows for city vehicles (including 33 refuse trucks) to be operated on 100 per cent CNG.
“This new contract concretely demonstrates our commitment to greening our operations and deriving 100 per cent of our energy from renewable sources,” says Jerry Dobrovolny, general manager of Engineering Services.
“This shift in fuel, in conjunction with the ways we are optimizing and electrifying our fleet, proves that we are walking the talk and finding innovative ways to respond to climate change and its devastating impacts.”
The negative effects of using fossil fuels over renewable energy sources, including sea level rise, more frequent heat waves and storms, increased rainfall, summer droughts and less snow, are well documented. Transitioning 55 per cent of the City fleet from five per cent biodiesel content to a 100 per cent renewable fuel source helps counteract these harmful environmental effects through lower emissions and cleaner energy.
Shifting the diesel to a 100 per cent renewable energy source also enables the city to achieve goals from its Renewable City Strategy and Greenest City Action Plan. The Renewable City Strategy encourages the City to elevate its purchasing power to accelerate the adoption of renewable energy and recognizes that, due to its large fleet, a shift in fuel provider will result in a significant emissions reduction.
The Greenest City Action Plan sets a 2030 target of a 50 per cent reduction in emission from City operations over 2007 levels. With the planned implementation of 100 per cent renewable fuel in the diesel fleet, this target will be achieved next year.