Longtime compressed natural gas (CNG) user Republic Services Inc. is continuing to expand its CNG fleet, with plans to operate an additional 156 CNG-powered solid waste collection trucks by the end of the year.
The new trucks, serving customers throughout the country, will bring the company’s total number of alternative fuel vehicles to more than 3,100.
With one of the largest vocational fleets in the country, Republic’s CNG fleet saves roughly 26 million gallons of diesel fuel annually. The new CNG-powered trucks will replace older diesel-powered vehicles, helping to cut air emissions and reduce noise, the company says.
“The Republic Services team cares deeply about protecting the environment today – and for generations to come,” comments Pete Keller, the company’s vice president of recycling and sustainability. “With an expanding fleet comprised of vehicles that produce significantly less greenhouse-gas emissions, we’re making a difference throughout the communities we serve.”
In July, Republic announced long-term sustainability goals, which include a climate change target designed to reduce absolute Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse-gas emissions 35% by 2030. This emissions reduction target is approved by the Science Based Targets initiative, a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, the World Resources Institute and the World-Wide Fund for Nature.