An economical solution

In addition to lowering costs, you can reduce your greenhouse emissions by as much as 25% by choosing natural gas. Switching to blue lets your municipality, your budget and the planet breathe a little better.
— Charts comparing annual fuel costs1 for a garbage truck that consumes an average of 96.5 liters of diesel per 100 km. Based on an annual mileage of 40,000 kilometers. The natural gas costs represent a compressed natural gas engine (CNG).

Two options for reducing GHGs

Natural gas from traditional sources: in its compressed form (3,600 psi for storage in vehicle fuel tanks), natural gas for vehicles can reduce up to 20% of GHG emissions.

Renewable natural gas (RNG): derived from landfills or from organic matter and agricultural waste, RNG can also be compressed and used to power vehicles with 100% locally produced carbon-neutral energy.

A fuel suitable for different types of vehicles

  • Choose an alternative fuel for reducing GHGs, air pollutants and noise.

  • Make your light vehicles carbon-neutral with a natural gas- and biomethane-powered engine!

  • Did you know that in North America 30% of buses run on natural gas?

  • In Québec, six private waste collection companies already operate their trucks with natural gas.


Obtain grants of up to $30,000 for the purchase of a natural gas truck through the Écocamionnage program. Énergir also offers grants for the installation of a private fuelling station.

Under the Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrasture Deployment Initiative, Natural Resources Canada will pay up to 50% of eligible costs to a maximum of $1 million for the construction of a public fuelling station.

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The fuelling stations

Strategically placed public fuelling stations cover major road corridors across Québec. A public fuelling station in your area will offer additional benefits to local citizens and to truck drivers travelling through. You can also invest in your own private station to fuel your municipal vehicle fleet— perfect for using your own locally produced renewable natural gas!

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In March 2016, the Rivière-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles borough purchased a natural gas-powered dump truck—a first for the City of Montréal.

“I’m so proud that our borough has pioneered this transition to natural gas. It’s part of a sustainable development pilot project that aims to reduce greenhouse gases.”
Chantal Rouleau, borough mayor

Town of Magog

Sani-Estrie is one of the industry’s growing number of Québec companies that have switched to natural gas. Others include EBI, Vision Enviro Progressive, TTI Environnement and Gaudreau Environnement. This fuel provides a real solution for improving vehicle fleet efficiency, thus contributing to a greener community.

“We are looking beyond profits—our wish is to help communities improve the environment for future generations. The government is encouraging municipalities to reduce emissions. Therefore, it is very likely that some municipalities will be emphasizing this requirement in future calls for tender. With our industry’s increasing participation in the movement, we will see changes.”Sylvain Gagné, co-owner of Sani-Estrie
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Contact our municipal affairs team with your questions.

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1 According to the prices in effect from March 1, 2019 to February 29, 2020. Based on Énergir rates and those of Hydro-Québec approved by the Régie de l’énergie; takes into account base electric consumption and rack price of oil with 2% sulfur including, in particular, transport, distribution and CATS.

* Certain conditions apply. Grant amounts will vary, depending on the equipment installed and the building’s characteristics. Only buildings within proximity of the natural gas network are eligible for the grant. . To benefit from the grant, you must submit a signed contract for the distribution and sale of natural gas to the contractor in charge of the work or to the Énergir representative. Grants will only be paid once the natural gas equipment is installed. A five-year natural gas supply contract is required. The eligibility criteria are listed in the Consumption Rebate Program guide approved by the Régie de l’énergie, a copy of which may be obtained on request. Grant amounts must not exceed eligible expenses. Program conditions and grant amounts may also be subject to change without prior notice.