The U.S. Department of Energy says its Clean Cities groups in the country – almost 100 of them – were involved in clean-transportation projects last year that collectively reduced petroleum use by 1 billion gallons.
‘From 15 million gallons in its first year to a cumulative 6.4 billion through 2013, Clean Cities is shifting transportation away from petroleum – one vehicle, fleet and community at a time,’ says Clean Cities National Director Dennis Smith.
In addition to displacing 1 billion gallons of petroleum usage in 2013 alone, Clean Cities and its stakeholders prevented the production of 7.5 million tons of greenhouse gases last year – equivalent to removing more than 1.5 million cars from the road.
The Clean Cities program, which the DOE launched in 1993, is tasked with meeting an ambitious petroleum-reduction goal of 2.5 billion gallons a year by 2020.
More information about the program can be found here.