Author: U.S. Gain
U.S. Gain

Sustainability Goals Simplified with Renewable Natural Gas

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions are a part of nearly every corporate sustainability plan, and switching to cleaner energy options can help organizations meet these targets. But, where do you focus next? How can you continue to find projects that satisfy the emission reductions you’ve committed to? It all starts with selecting the right fuel portfolio.

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% of all GHGs. While heavy-duty vehicles account for less than 10% of all on-road transportation, they generate more than 50% of smog-precursor emissions and 20% of transportation-related GHG emissions. The good news? Clean fuel can help. Conversion to RNG can reduce GHG emissions by up to 125% 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 the 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. Transitioning to alternative fuels can deliver both environmental and economic returns, making it an easier sell across your organization. Not only is RNG clean, but it’s affordable thanks to 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, organizations must evaluate technology availability, the total cost of ownership, charging infrastructure, and battery technology.


The reasoning: environmental needs and consumer demand

Vehicle emissions and air quality are making headlines across the globe with a recent emphasis across North America. One in 4 Americans live in areas with unhealthy air quality. The EPA’s non-attainment zone indicates that 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 the use of cleaner 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. Not sure how to get started? Let’s connect!

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