Southern California Gas is hosting an educational webinar to promote the economic and environmental benefits of the emerging 0.02 grams per brake-horsepower NOx natural gas engines fueled by RNG/renewable natural gas.
The combination of RNG – aka biomethane – and the new “Near Zero” engines is “the most important development for sustainable transit operations in decades,” organizers say.
The free, hour-long webinar will be held on Tuesday, May 16 beginning at 1:00PM Eastern time.
The scheduled speakers are
John Drayton, vehicle technology director at LA Metro. This past autumn, his agency deployed the first commercially available ISL G Near Zero engines from Cummins Westport in New Flyer buses. Drayton will discuss their performance following several months of daily operations – power, range, emissions and reliability of these ultra-clean engines.
Drayton will also discuss how LA Metro is procuring a steady supply of renewable natural gas to fuel its CNG bus fleet and further reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.
Patrick Couch, technical services VP at the clean transportation and energy consultancy GNA/Gladstein, Neandross & Associates. He’ll describe how heavy duty vehicles with Cummins Westport’s Near Zero engine boasts NOx emissions equivalent to heavy duty battery-electric vehicles – even in states with the cleanest electrical grids – California, Oregon, and Washington.
David Cox, director of operations & general counsel with the Sacramento-based Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas. He’ll provide insight on how renewable natural gas, which can offer some of lowest carbon intensity ratings of key transportation fuels, enables fleet operators to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% to 400%.
Additionally, Cox will give an update on the projected RNG supply opportunities in California, and how this ultra-low carbon fuel could viably offset the diesel consumed by heavy-duty vehicles throughout the state.