Amazon Order stimulates the development of renewable natural gas – Fuel Smarts

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Renewable natural gas when used as a transportation fuel has lower life cycle GHG emissions than conventional diesel.

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Clean Energy Fuels Corp. and BP have announced that their renewable natural gas joint venture will build on previously announced plans to finance and develop new projects on dairy farms, starting in the Midwest.

“Demand for RNG is growing rapidly, evidenced by our recent announcement to power a new fleet of Amazon heavy-duty trucks deployed across the country,” said Clay Corbus, senior vice president and co-head of renewable fuels at Clean Energy. “Our joint venture with BP to develop new supplies is essential to meet this demand. ”

In February, Reuters reported that Amazon had ordered hundreds of trucks running on compressed natural gas as it tested ways to move its U.S. fleet away from the most polluting trucks. “Amazon is excited to introduce new sustainable solutions for freight transportation and is working to test a number of new types of vehicles, including electrics, CNGs and others,” the company said in a statement.

In April, Clean Energy signed an agreement with Amazon to supply low-carbon, carbon-negative renewable natural gas, which will be supplied to 27 existing Clean Energy refueling stations and 19 other non-proprietary Clean Energy-owned stations. , new or improved, expected by Clean Energy. to be built by the end of the year.

This latest announcement is for RNG from dairy farms in South Dakota and Iowa. These farms, with more than 30,000 cows, have the estimated potential to convert methane produced from waste into more than 7 million gallons of RNG per year, according to the announcement.

Agriculture accounts for nearly 10% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Capturing methane from agricultural waste can reduce these emissions. RNG is used as a transportation fuel and has lower GHG emissions on a lifecycle basis compared to conventional gasoline and diesel. The California Air Resources Board assigned similar projects a weighted average carbon intensity (CI) score of -320 compared to CI scores of 101 for conventional diesel fuel and 15 for electric batteries.

With more than 550 distribution points, Clean Energy said it has the largest network of RNG stations in the United States. BP transports RNG to California markets and monetizes the environmental credits associated with the distribution of RNG.

“These collaborations are critical steps towards our ambition to help the world reach net zero by 2050 or sooner,” said Sean Reavis, head of biogas production at BP. “Our biogas strategy is focused on growth and developing an integrated business model that allows us to deliver the unique energy products that the market demands. “

The first RNG production facility should be operational in 2022.

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