Sustainability Goals Simplified with Renewable Natural Gas
February 20, 2019
Greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions are a part of nearly every corporate sustainability plan. Switching to cleaner energy options can deliver savings to achieve GHG reduction targets. But, where do you focus next? How can you continue to find projects that satisfy GHG emission reductions you’ve committed to? It all starts with selecting the right clean fuel.
The answer: renewable natural gas (RNG)
For years, the transportation and energy segments have rivaled each other as the largest contributor to GHG emissions. Together, they produce almost 60 percent of all GHGs. While heavy-duty vehicles account for less than 10 percent of all on-road transportation, they generate more than 50 percent of smog-precursor emissions and 20 percent of transportation-related GHG emissions. The good news? Clean fuel can help. Conversion to RNG can reduce GHG emissions up to 125 percent compared to diesel, while also reducing several other smog-causing emissions. By leveraging RNG and partnering with the right supplier, you can start working towards your goals right away.
The process: start with transportation
Often, sustainability plans are articulated through scope 1 and 2 strategies that involve integration of clean, renewable energy. As you evaluate your scope 3 emissions, you will find a variety of sustainable projects you could take on to produce savings and positively contribute to your goals. With so many options, why start with transportation?
It’s simple. A change to clean fuel can deliver both an environmental and economic return, making it an easier sell across your organization. Not only is RNG clean, but it’s affordable too, through incentives for vehicle purchases, tax credits for fuel usage and an overall lower fuel cost. Plus, it’s already available and established both in technology and infrastructure. With the right support, you can transition to clean fuel seamlessly.
The alternative: electric vehicles
Although the transportation market is moving toward electric vehicles, adoption within commercial fleets depends largely on application. But, going electric requires careful consideration. For light-duty vehicles, electric vehicles (EVs) pose an attractive value-proposition. But for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, the technology simply isn’t scale-able or affordable right now. There are many other factors, such as battery technology, charging infrastructure and total cost of ownership still to be defined. EVs will have their place in the transportation industry, but it is not yet a superior solution.
The reasoning: environmental needs and consumer demand
Vehicle emissions and air quality are making headlines across the globe, with recent emphasis in North America. One in 4 Americans live in areas with unhealthy air. The EPA’s non-attainment zone indicates air quality isn’t just a regional issue, but rather spans the nation.
As a result, consumers are demanding action and legislation is being discussed to require use of cleaner transportation technologies. Leading brands are listening through their commitment to reducing emissions
across their fleet and in many cases, teaming up with carriers that use alternative fuel. The answer is simple: it’s time to embrace clean fuel.
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