Ontario, Canada, has implemented the largest coal phase-out program in North America, resulting in a major improvement in Toronto's air quality.
From healthcare to construction to transport, natural gas plays an increasingly important and positive role in people’s daily lives.
In addition to electricity generated by natural gas-fueled power stations, the fuel is a cleaner, more reliable, more efficient and more economical source of domestic heating and hot water supply, cooking fuel and motor fuel. Individuals and families that live in cities making the switch from coal-fired to natural-gas-fired generation are very likely to live; the switch to natural gas is a proven factor in significant reduction in respiratory diseases such as asthma and emphysema.
Natural gas also is the key feedstock in the international chemicals industry -not only as fuel and power for its operations, but also as a raw material in the manufacturing of many of its products. The abundance and (relatively) low price of natural gas has seen a revolution in the industry and has facilitated a wide range of life-enhancing products, particularly in the healthcare industry. Chemicals created from gas are the hidden glue in the modern world – you can’t see them but there are a myriad of applications across virtually every vertical industry:
Natural gas reduces smog and improves air quality.
- Healthcare – all specialized medical gasses and much of the pharmaceutical industry rely on natural gas as either feedstock or as a key part of the lifecycle
- Chemicals – the building blocks of modern life; sometimes quite literally are based around chemical processes that start with natural gas. Ammonia-based fertilizers that keep the food we eat growing start with natural gas. Many plastics can only be affordably created through using natural gas as a starting point.
- Construction – again natural gas is a vital component in the creation of major cement mixes. Natural gas has replaced coal as both a much cleaner, but also far more efficient heating agent, which results in a more effective product. Modern safety and ultra-thick / thin glasses would be impossible to create without high-tech, gas-fired forges.