The Globe and Mail reports in its Monday edition that Canada's growing hydrogen industry is pushing for natural gas to play a major role in the production of hydrogen, arguing Ottawa should support various methods to ensure the country meets its climate goals. The Globe's Brent Jang writes that the industry relies on a colour-coding system to distinguish various energy sources to power the production process. Using hydrogen does not emit carbon dioxide, but the production process does, with a small amount of emissions in green hydrogen but higher levels in blue and even higher in grey. Besides the complexities of hydrogen production, a major challenge on the consumer level to overcome is the lack of hydrogen infrastructure for fuel cell vehicles in Canada. Ballard Power tested its technology in Whistler, B.C., from 2009 to 2014, outfitting 20 buses. During the five-year pilot project in Whistler for the zero-emission buses equipped with Ballard fuel cells, hydrogen had to be trucked in from Air Liquide Canada's plant at Becancour, Que. While Ballard gained insights for honing its technology, the bus project got cancelled in 2014, and the BC Liberals' "Hydrogen Highway" from B.C. to California never materialized.
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