4 Reasons to Add Renewables to Your Fuel Strategy
May 7, 2020
Companies all over have been renewing their fuel strategy by incorporating renewable natural gas. And it’s time you do the same. There are many benefits of making the switch that you just can’t ignore. Take a look for yourself:
1. Get paid!
That’s right! Governments across the country (and globe for that matter) are seeking ways to reduce transportation-related emissions. For this reason, many are offering financial incentives for clean fuel adoption. So if you start using renewable natural gas, the government will pay you through clean fuel credits or grants.
2. Reduce your fossil fuel usage
Unlike conventional natural gas, renewable natural gas is produced by capturing methane from decaying organic materials (above ground) that is cleaned and conditioned to strip out impurities. Then, it’s injected into the natural gas pipeline and consumed by transportation as a renewable fuel solution.
For those organizations seeking a fossil fuel-free future, renewable natural gas is your readily available solution. Other alternatives will emerge to supplement this fuel strategy, but renewable natural gas is the NOW choice.
3. Crush your transportation-related emission reduction goals
Ready to strengthen your company’s environmental performance? Then adding renewable natural gas to your fuel strategy is the answer. Renewable natural gas presents tremendous lifecycle/well-to-wheel emission savings. Let’s illustrate this:
- Upstream: One word — methane. Did you know methane is 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas (in the short term)? And extremely dangerous to the atmosphere because of its heat-trapping capabilities? Well, that’s where renewable natural gas comes into play. Renewable natural gas is produced by capturing methane that otherwise would have been emitted into the air, challenging air quality for communities around large landfills, agricultural operations and wastewater treatment plants.
- Downstream: New natural gas engine technology features ultra-low tailpipe emissions and near-zero NOx levels. These vehicles not only run cleaner, but sound cleaner too, with minimal noise as compared to diesel counterparts.
4. It’s available NOW!
Unlike emerging alternative fuels, renewable natural gas is available now. But while many companies understand the basics of renewable natural gas and its value, some are unclear if (or how) they can source it. But that’s why we’re here! Let’s take a deeper look into how you can add RNG into your fuel strategy:
- Fuel: To satisfy growing demand from the transportation market for renewable natural gas, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has increased targets for renewable natural gas production by 40% as compared to 2019. Many landfill and wastewater treatment development projects are producing gas today and have been for quite some time. This year more dairy renewable natural gas production facilities will become operational, featuring the best emission savings and as a result, the most valuable financial credits. Ultimately, if your fleet seeks to incorporate renewable natural gas, suppliers can find a way to make that happen.
- Vehicles: Natural gas vehicles are operational in all commercial vehicle classes. Heavy-duty semis are operational in both return-to-base and long-haul applications. Nearly 60% of all new refuse trucks purchased are that of natural gas technology. School districts and transit agencies too, have been using natural gas vehicles for years. Cummins-Westport upgraded their natural gas engine platform with technology that features near-zero NOx levels – key for air quality improvements.
- Infrastructure: Unlike emerging technologies, vehicle technology is proven AND infrastructure is available. With more than 1,000 natural gas fueling stations across the nation, fleets are sure to find sites to service their needs. And if not, new builds can be installed quickly onsite or offsite. Grant funding is often available to support new builds and fleets can also share in the revenue for station gallon growth.
What are you waiting for? Renewable natural gas will not only position your organization better financially, but will also provide the transportation-related emission reductions you’re after. So reach out — it’s time to renew your fuel strategy.