Issue 4, 2015

Facts and Developments

Responsible Resource Development: Natural gas utilities are founded on principles of community stewardship. We believe it is critical to engage all stakeholders, including consumers, in the process of meeting environmental and regulatory goals, while continually refining and improving safety and environmental practices. Through the responsible development of Canada’s natural gas resources, companies are creating good, well-paying and highly skilled jobs in communities across the country. According to the Conference Board of Canada, British Columbia’s natural gas sector alone could attract an average of more than $7.5 billion in new investment each year from now until 2035.

Household spending on natural gas has declined from just under

$8.1B

in 2008 to just over

$7.3B

in 2014

Source: Statistics Canada

Planning and Preparation – Natural Gas Storage Advantage: Today, well over half of the Canadian population relies on affordable, clean, safe, and reliable natural gas. That reliability, even on the coldest day of the year, is assured because of the remarkable infrastructure that delivers natural gas. A key part of that infrastructure is natural gas storage. Canada can store enough natural gas to heat 7.5 million homes each year.

Cleaner Air and Reduced Emissions

Cleaner Air and Reduced Emissions: Reported emissions on CGA member company distribution systems have fallen by over 20per cent since 2000 even as the industry has added thousands more kilometres of distribution and services to serve a total of 6.6 million customers.

Touching Every Segment of Canadian Life: Natural gas touches nearly every segment of Canadian life. It is the dominant source of energy for heat, hot water and cooking in homes and businesses in Canada. Whether through its use in heat or cooking or in manufacturing everyday products— from cell phones and credit cards to tires and trash bags—the benefits of natural gas touch every Canadian every day.

FurnaceEfficient Space Heating: Canada has one of the most energy efficient furnace fleets in the world thanks to collaboration between regulators, manufacturers and utilities. The stock of high efficiency natural gas furnaces has increased from less than 10 per cent in 1990 to 50 per cent in 2011.