ATLANTA, Ga. – UPS announced today that it has agreed to purchase renewable natural gas for its delivery vehicle fleet from Clean Energy Fuel Corp.
The new agreement signifies UPS’s plan to significantly expand its use of renewable natural gas for its alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet. It has a goal of driving one billion miles using its alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet by the end of 2017.
“Renewable natural gas is critical to our effort to minimize UPS’s environmental impact while meeting the growing demand for our services,” said Mitch Nichols, UPS senior vice-president of transportation and engineering. “Our rolling laboratory approach provides a unique opportunity for UPS to test different fuels and technologies. Today’s RNG agreement will help mature the market for this promising alternative fuel. This commitment also positions UPS to use RNG in its extensive natural gas fleet which includes more than 2,500 medium and heavy duty vehicles.”
UPS fuelling stations in Sacramento, Fresno and Los Angeles will utilize Redeem RNG for refuelling tractors and delivery vehicles in UPS’s fleet beginning this month.
“This step by UPS sends a clear message that RNG is a viable, cost-effective alternative to traditional diesel,” added Harrison Clay, Clean Energy Renewables president. “Redeem reduces environmental impact because it captures naturally occurring methane before it is released into the atmosphere as a greenhouse gas emission, turning that methane into a safe, useable fuel that displaces the diesel fuel, and its carbon emissions, that would otherwise be used.”
Today, UPS operates natural gas tractors on RNG in the United Kingdom via its Mercedes Benz partnership.
UPS is the first package delivery company to introduce alternative fuel tractors into its fleet and operates one of the largest private alternative fuel and advanced technology fleets in the US.