Energy Fuels Redeem RNG for UPS
Three California Stations to Provide About 1.5 Million Gallons per Year
UPS said at ACT Expo 2015 in Dallas today that it’s agreed with Clean Energy Fuels to purchase Redeem brand renewable natural gas, and that UPS fueling stations in Sacramento, Fresno and Los Angeles are to begin pumping the landfill-derived RNG this month.
UPS has announced plans to add some 800 mostly Kenworth tractors and 600 Freightliner Custom Chassis-Morgan Olson package cars, all fueled by CNG over the next year. UPS has tapped TruStar to build 12 new fueling stations and refurbish three others to support them.
Early last month UPS announced plans to add some 800 mostly Kenworth tractors and 600 Freightliner Custom Chassis-Morgan Olson package cars, all fueled by CNG over the next year (F&F, April 1). Today at ACT Expo 2015 in Dallas UPS said that three CNG fueling stations in California would be supplied with Redeem brand biomethane – or RNG, for renewable natural gas – by Clean Energy Fuels.
UPS said that the deal makes it the largest user of RNG in the U.S. shipping industry, and furthers a goal of logging one billion alt fuel and advanced technology vehicle miles by the end of 2017.
UPS and Clean Energy estimate that the three California stations will provide approximately 1.5 million gallon equivalents annually of RNG to nearly 400 CNG-fueled UPS vehicles in California.
The pact will help grow the market for the use of methane gas from landfills as fuel, UPS said.
‘Agreement Will Help Mature the Market’
“Today’s RNG agreement will help mature the market for this promising alternative fuel,” UPS senior transportation and engineering VP Mitch Nichols said in a release. “This commitment also positions UPS to use RNG in its extensive natural gas fleet which includes more than 2,500 medium and heavy duty vehicles.”
“This step by UPS sends a clear message that RNG is a viable, cost-effective alternative to traditional diesel,” said Clean Energy Renewable Fuels president Harrison Clay. “Redeem reduces environmental impact because it captures naturally occurring methane before it is released into the atmosphere as a greenhouse gas emission, turning that methane into a safe, useable fuel that displaces the diesel fuel, and its carbon emissions, that would otherwise be used.”
UPS noted too today that it currently operates natural gas tractors on RNG in the UK, through a partnership with Mercedes Benz.