According to a new poll for Bullfrog Power, more than two-thirds (68 per cent) of Canadians are unaware that conventional natural gas used in their homes today adds to Canada’s overall greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions footprint. However, Statistics Canada reports that natural gas use is indeed a significant contributor, releasing at least 32,000 kilotonnes of GHG emissions annually, equivalent to approximately 77 per cent of Canada’s passenger car vehicle emissions.
Overall household energy use, which includes natural gas and electricity use, has become the single largest contributor to the average home’s pollution footprint, generating even more emissions per year than personal use of vehicles.
Against this backdrop, Bullfrog Power has launched the first and only 100 per cent green natural gas product – a clean, renewable alternative to fossil fuel-based natural gas – to be widely available to homes and businesses across Canada. The product, which complements Bullfrog’s green electricity offering, enables Canadians to power appliances and heat their homes and businesses without increasing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
“There’s a strong need for more education and conversation in Canada about the environmental impacts of fossil fuel-based natural gas use,” says Tom Heintzman, President, Bullfrog Power. “We launched a 100 per cent green natural gas choice to provoke dialogue on polluting gas sources – and to make available another meaningful way for Canadians to reduce their environmental impact and take action on climate change.”
How it works:
When homes and businesses sign on for Bullfrog’s green natural gas product, Bullfrog’s producers inject 100 per cent green natural gas into the pipeline system to match the amount of gas the customer consumes. Bullfrog Power’s green natural gas is produced by capturing and cleaning the energy-rich gas produced through the decay of organic matter in our everyday waste stream. The gas is then injected onto the national gas pipeline system, displacing fossil fuel-based gas sources. Unlike conventional natural gas, green natural gas does not increase the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
Initially Bullfrog Power’s green natural gas is produced in Canada at a landfill gas project in Quebec. The facility meets strict environmental standards defined by ICF International. Available in most provinces, Bullfrog’s green natural gas costs less than $1 extra a day for the average home.
“Bullfrog Power’s new natural gas product is a promising alternative to conventional natural gas, and can be an important tool in helping transition to 100 per cent renewable energy,” said Josh Laughren, Director, Climate and Energy, WWF-Canada.
In February, Kraft Canada became Bullfrog Power’s pilot green natural gas customer, using the energy for the baking and packaging processes for its Dad’s Cookies made in Toronto.