Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has announced a deal to supply its Redeem renewable natural gas (RNG) to 118 Catalina Pacific, a CalPortland company, ready-mix concrete trucks that operate throughout Southern California.
By converting these trucks to Redeem, the building materials company will reduce greenhouse-gas emissions (GHGs) by over 70% and smog-causing NOx emissions by over 90% (compared to a 2010 diesel engine), says Clean Energy.
By adopting a combination of Clean Energy’s Redeem RNG with the new Cummins Westport natural gas engine, Catalina Pacific is able to achieve zero emissions from its fleet vehicles while saving millions of dollars per year in fuel costs, according to Clean Energy.
“Switching to zero-emission engines fueled by renewable natural gas instead of diesel has been a real game-changer,” comments Allen Hamblen, president and CEO of CalPortland. “We look forward to continued exploration of clean alternatives that will make a positive impact on the environment and demonstrate our ongoing commitment to the community.”
Catalina Pacific’s 118 concrete mixers are expected to consume an average of 75,000 gallons of Redeem fuel per month, which displaces approximately 8,365 metric tons annually of GHG emissions. The trucks will fuel at two Catalina Pacific private time-fill stations, as well as Clean Energy’s network of public-access stations in Southern California.
“CalPortland has been a trailblazer in sustainable initiatives and, to date, has made the largest investment in natural gas vehicles within the concrete industry in the western United States,” notes Chad Lindholm, vice president of sales at Clean Energy. “By converting its fleet to the new clean natural gas engine technology and Redeem, CalPortland will dramatically reduce the amount of smog and greenhouse gases it produces. We congratulate them on their leadership.”