Waste Management CEO projects fleet could be 75% CNG in 2021

Dive Brief:

  • CEO Jim Fish indicated Waste Management will continue to bet big on converting its fleet from diesel to compressed natural gas (CNG) in comments at the company’s annual Phoenix sustainability forum. “By the end of the year, almost 70% of our trucks on the road will run on CNG, and by the end of next year it will be almost 75%,” he said at the Jan. 30 event.
  • An estimated 65% of the company’s fleet currently runs on CNG and about one-third of those vehicles are powered by renewable natural gas (RNG), according to Fish. He described this effort as a “big part” of reaching Waste Management’s 2038 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions offset target.
  • As of spring 2017, an estimated 44% of Waste Management’s fleet was CNG. While other competitors are also investing in the technology, a December 2019 report by investment firm Stifel estimated the industrywide average for CNG adoption remains around 20%.  

Dive Insight:

Waste Management’s 10th annual sustainability forum, hosted in conjunction with its sponsorship of the Phoenix Open golf tournament, was a continuation of the company’s effort to be a “thought leader” in the industry around environmental and social topics. While the value of such a showcase may be rising amid investor interest in climate issues, it’s often still hard to gauge exactly what this event means in terms of business strategy compared to other large competitors.

Fleet investment is one tangible metric showing how Waste Management plans to mark progress on its pledge to offset four times the amount of GHG it generates from operations. According to the company’s latest sustainability update, 2018 fleet emissions were down by 30% against a 2010 baseline. Waste Management seeks to hit a 45% reduction by 2038.

When asked by Waste Dive at last year’s forum whether a 2038 GHG offset target was too far off, given the urgency of most climate projections, Fish specifically pointed to fleet investment. The company replaced approximately 10% of its 18,000 truck fleet in 2018 and was on track to do the same in 2019, which he said “speaks to our urgency.” Scientists and environmental groups, however, have argued CNG still contributes to global warming and poses problems as a fuel. 

Compared to other large competitors, Waste Management is by far the most active in emphasizing CNG. Republic Services reported about 20% of its fleet being “powered by natural gas” through 2018. Waste Connections reported using CNG for 11.3% of its routed trucks and GFL Environmental was at 13.6% CNG for its solid waste collection fleet. Advanced Disposal Services reported a 19% CNG fleet, which could temporarily skew Waste Management’s fleet percentage downward if it receives antitrust approval to acquire the company.

Companies have been investing in CNG vehicles for years, especially in urban areas where access to fueling infrastructure is more common. The trucks have clear maintenance savings as compared to diesel, after the initial payback period, and operators can also find additional benefits by using RNG from their own landfills. Yet, as noted in the Stifel report, it’s now seen as increasingly likely the industry could reach 50% electric vehicles (EV) before it hits 50% CNG.

“If EV can get the truck capital cost down and hours of service (HOS) costs in line with CNG and diesel, the fuel and maintenance savings would dwarf both diesel and CNG,” reads the report.

Fish and others in Waste Management’s leadership team have said before they don’t think a 100% CNG future is likely anyway, given challenges with fueling infrastructure in more rural areas, but as of now they remain committed to this path. While others will be piloting electric collection vehicles this year – including Republic Services, New York’s Department of Sanitation and possibly the Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation – the industry giant has made no such pledge.

As electric collection vehicles become more common both domestically and abroad, given mounting attention on how fleet emissions factor into climate change, the question is likely to keep coming up. Asked about the potential of electric vehicles generally during the WasteExpo investor summit last May, Fish remained skeptical about how quickly they could overtake the marketplace.

“It’s not going to surpass gasoline vehicles in my lifetime probably,” he said, while leaving room to change course. “If a better technology comes along, we can turn on a dime.”

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Class 8 Natural Gas Truck Retail Sales Rose 20% YTD 2019 Through November

US and Canadian Natural Gas truck retail sales for the first eleven months of 2019 gained 20% year-to-date over 2018, as published in the quarterly report (AFQ: Alternative Fuels Quarterly) just released by ACT Research. Full-year 2018 was down 15%, while 2017 was up 13%.

The ACT Alternative Fuels Quarterly (AFQ) provides insight, analysis, and trends about alternative fuel/power adoption for the US heavy and medium duty commercial vehicle markets. “Bucking the declining pattern of the past few years, year-to-date November 2019 sales appear to be gaining ground, with sales of natural-gas powered vehicles on an overall upward trajectory,” said Ken Vieth, Senior Partner and General Manager at ACT Research. He continued, “That said and based on news released in the popular press, natural gas vehicle purchases were dominated by refuse fleets, as well as transit and school bus operators. Among truckers, the majority of incremental volume came from existing natural gas vehicle on-highway users replacing units or adding to their fleets.”

NGV Global Group’s Truck leasing program offers businesses to save on their bottom line. NGV Global Group’s Dmitri Tisnoi said, “With the use of CNG you can let your fuel savings pay for your monthly truck payments. That is right, even in low diesel price market NGV have customers who use over 50 gallons per day realizing a greater amount in fuel saving than their truck payment, all while being good stewards of the environment.” With stricter trucking regulations and laws NGV Global Group’s CNG Trucks allows businesses to reduce their carbon footprint and save money. It’s a no brainer. Really the question is why haven’t you explored your options.

For Sale 2014 International 4300 body with Dedicated CNG DT466 engine.

You are looking at a Certified Pre-owned Class 6 Local Delivery box truck with Brand New EPA/CARB Motori 7.6L Natural Gas Engine that comes with 1 year / 100,000 mile warranty included. The truck has 100 GGE storage and has over 450 miles range on a single fill. Four Type 3 carbon fiber tanks are installed on the frame rails below the 26 foot box. The Engine and CNG tank installation, including all of the required plumbing was done in a state-of-the-art CNG technology center in Dallas Texas. The installation has been done with the best available elements including flexible Parker hoses, New generation fueling module allowing fueling with both standard and commercial CNG hoses and defueling option.

Engine Details:
Engine Model: NGV 7.6 L Sterling Natural Gas
Type: Dedicated CNG
Cylinders: In-line 6
Displacement: 466 cu.in. (7.6L)
Horsepower: 210 HP – 260 HP at 2200 rpm
Peak Torque: 540 LB-ft from 1400 – 2000 rpm
Certification: CARB and EPA at 0.2 NOx
Warranty: 100,000 Miles / 1 Year

Have questions please send us a message or call 1-800-611-8232 during normal business hours. We are in Dallas Texas and would be glad to arrange for the truck delivery or provide a transportation pick up if you are wanting to fly in to test drive the vehicle.

We can finance or lease this box truck through in-house program or one of our third party partners! 

If you are a high fuel user the fuel savings from utilizing CNG can pay for the monthly payments on this truck. Please call or message us so we can help you run financial model to see how much you can safe on CNG.
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What Fleets Need to Know and How to Prepare…

There’s much debate about how the upcoming International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulation on sulfur emissions, going into effect on January 1st, will impact fuel prices and the economics of transportation.

There’s little doubt that the most sweeping maritime fuel regulation seen in years will affect the global transportation industry—the question is by how much and for how long?

With the IMO deadline less than 30 days away, the time for on-road fleet managers to prepare for both the immediate and long-term implications of this regulation is now. By implementing cost-effective, reliable and price stable fuel options today, fleet managers can remain resilient to unanticipated disruptions to the global fuel supply in the future.

What is the IMO 2020?

The IMO’s new fuel regulation will soon implement an international mandate to reduce sulfur content in marine fuel oil from 3.5% to 0.5%.

Ocean-going vessels rely on “bunker fuel” or “heavy fuel oil” (HFO). This fuel type is considered a lower-grade fuel and is less refined than higher-grade fuels, such as gasoline and diesel. Less refined HFO contains higher levels of several compounds, including up to 4.5% sulfur; making the emissions from vessels burning high sulfur HFO more polluting, and more harmful, compared to other fuels.

Sulfur oxide, the criteria pollutant the IMO’s regulation targets, effects both human health and the environment—contributing to ocean acidification, acid rain and respiratory disease. The IMO’s new low sulfur fuel regulation is expected to result in an annual reduction of 8.5 million metric tons of sulfur oxide emissions globally.

How a Marine Regulation Could Affect On-Road Trucking

As the IMO’s regulation nears, it’s becoming more evident that the maritime industry is unprepared to handle the transition to the required low sulfur fuel. The long-term impacts of this regulation could spread beyond marine vessels to other industries, including on-road transportation.

According to an IMO analysis at Wood Mackenzie, our global refining system is not equipped to produce the volumes of low sulfur fuel needed to power the world’s shipping industry by the time the regulation goes into effect. While there are existing stockpiles of low sulfur fuel available, Wood Mackenzie points out that existing supply will likely not be enough to buffer global reserves until supply eventually catches up with demand—about 3.5 million barrels a day from the global maritime sector in 2018.

Implications for On-Road

With so many unknowns and contributing factors at play, the IMO 2020 regulation could lead to a fuel price increase. If demand spikes in 2020 and beyond, and reserves or refinery production are insufficient to meet that demand, the shipping industry could turn to diesel products. This increased demand could mean higher diesel prices globally, which would impact the U.S. trucking industry.

Avoiding Price Volatility with a Diversified Fueling Portfolio

With the on-road transportation industry waiting for the still unknown impacts of this new regulation, shippers and fleets can seek cost-effective, reliable and price stable fuel options that are more resilient to global petroleum supply disruptions.

Implementing domestically produced fuels—including natural gas, renewable natural gas, hydrogen and electricity—enables fleets to reduce an already highly variable expense while minimizing exposure to price volatility.

With over 25 years of fleet fueling experience, Trillium, a member of the Love’s Family of Companies, offers unmatched expertise providing clean fuels to fleet operators. Abundant, price-stable, domestically produced fuels like natural gas give fleet operators a cost-effective option to diversify their fueling for the long term. Fleets can safeguard against unforeseen or unavoidable price volatility, reduce their carbon footprint with more environmentally friendly and sustainable operations and reduce harmful emissions.

Trillium works with fleet customers to identify the clean fuel and power supply sources that work best for their needs—balancing cost, reliability, deployment timelines, location and scale. Leading up to their alternative fuel transition, fleets can start utilizing Love’s price protection program now, locking in diesel prices for the short term, further reducing risk and minimizing exposure to price volatility.

Trillium’s core goal is to ensure customers have access to a steady supply of clean, competitively priced fuel at predictable prices.

Stable, Cost-Effective, Clean Fuels for Fleets

One of the most abundant fuels produced domestically is compressed natural gas (CNG). On average, natural gas prices are 30% to 50% lower than diesel, and much more stable. Natural gas utilities transport this domestic, clean, abundant energy source to CNG stations via 2.5 million miles of existing pipeline infrastructure in the U.S. The U.S. is the number one natural gas producer in the world.

Produced from organic waste, renewable natural gas (RNG) is a pipeline quality, ultra-low carbon, domestic fuel. Renewable fuels and technologies can generate additional revenue for producers and users through the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) and Renewable Identification Number (RIN) credits, which are the currency of California’s LCFS and the Federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) programs, respectively. Trillium works with customers to deliver these fuels and the value they bring to a fleet’s the bottom line.

While CNG and RNG are the most abundant alternative to diesel nationwide, for some fleets—depending on duty cycle, location, vocation, available incentives, regulatory pressures and other factors—electricity and hydrogen may also soon be effective fueling options for the U.S. trucking industry. Regardless of the fuel type, Trillium partners with fleets to identify the right fueling options that maximize efficiency, cost savings and operating performance.

About the Author:

Bill Zobel is general manager of Trillium, a leading provider of alternative fueling solutions. Trillium designs, builds, owns, and operates a network of clean fueling stations across the US, serving on-road fleets that fuel with CNG/RNG, electricity, and hydrogen. Bill has nearly 30 years of experience in the energy sector covering a wide range of issues and responsibilities. As vice president of business development at Trillium, Bill helps to ensure Trillium remains a trusted partner for fleets, providing customized clean fuel solutions that meet fleets’ evolving needs.

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NGV Global Ready For The Expanding Market With CNG & RNG

NGV Global Group in Dallas, Texas, is dedicated to helping a variety of fleets like large trucking companies, oil and gas companies and government agencies in reducing their operating costs and greenhouse gas emissions. NGV Global group converts trucks and even off-road applications such as drilling rigs and power generation needs to operate completely on natural gas.

“NGV Global Group, Inc. designs, manufactures, distributes and supports natural gas-operated medium-and heavy-duty commercial vehicles sold worldwide,” said Dimitri Tisnoi, Chief Operating Officer at NGV Global Group.

Initially starting as NGV Texas Inc., the company was founded over 10 years ago by Fury Zaidi. They began converting light-duty vehicles to natural gas, which has flourished, into serving medium to heavy-duty vehicles. In addition, they now bulk deliver natural gas, compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas and other gases in high-pressure trailers. With their growth, they expanded into a new 90,000 square foot conversion and manufacturing facility in Dallas and are serving government agencies, municipalities, large trucking companies and oil and gas companies.

Tisnoi believes that natural gas for transportation and off-road use will expand substantially in the coming years and NGV Global Group can help others decrease the waste of natural gas, (flare gas, landfills, and more) and increase the utilization for transportation and energy production.

“Given product portfolio, high volume capabilities, global footprint, and deep expertise across medium-duty and high-duty applications, NGV Global is well-positioned to benefit from this shift. Also, the market for mobile natural gas delivery services, also known as ‘Virtual Pipeline,’ creates great expansion opportunities for NGV Global Group,” said Tisnoi.

NGV Global group strives to be present in their community so that they can educate and help people understand the benefits of natural gas. If more people are aware of the positive effects of natural gas, as a fuel, Tisnoi said it can “significantly benefit the environment, local economy, and energy independence.”

For more information about NGV Global Group, please visit their website by clicking here or visit their Facebook page here.

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Green Truck Rental & Leasing Expanding Due To Market Demand

NGV Global Group subsidiary Natural Gas Vehicle Texas (NGV Texas), offers SMB’s, government and Major Corporations “Green Truck,” rental and leasing options to reduce their carbon footprint. Whether customers want to rent a CNG vehicle for a test trial period or outright lease a fleet of trucks, NGV Texas offers plenty of options to fulfill their needs. NGV Texas continues to expand and develop its truck rental and leasing branch in Dallas Texas as its parent company is set to expand its business due to industry demands.

Why CNG trucks for alternative fuel is an easy answer. The World’s cleanest heavy-duty truck engines run on natural gas. The newest natural gas engines with Near-Zero  – or “Zero Emissions Equivalent” – technology produces 90% fewer NOx emissions than the current standard. In fact, the cleanest heavy-duty truck engine in the world is powered by natural gas. And when fueled with renewable natural gas, it has up to 115 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than diesel counterparts well-to-wheel. Diesel exhaust is responsible for 70% of the cancer risk from airborne toxics. 

In addition to CNG trucks and their potential to lower air pollution, they also help companies meet the demands of federal, state and local government regulations. With growing regulations making it harder and harder on the industry to operate under its current infrastructure many companies are looking to alternatives that make sense. CNG and LNG vehicles offer a realistic alternative with no reduction in power while meeting all regulations. 

UPS’s recent announcement to add six thousand more compressed natural gas trucks to its fleet points towards CNG heavy-duty vehicles continued growth. UPS isn’t the only trucking company that sees the benefit to making the switch. NGV vehicles are commercially available and in production across all applications, there are more than 175,000 natural gas vehicles on U.S. roads today, spanning all weight classes and vehicle applications. NGV Texas offers several natural gas vehicle options. 

Whether it’s box trucks, Tractor trailers or school buses, NGV Texas is here to accommodate your fleet’s needs. All vehicles come with a powertrain warranty making it worry free when making the switch to natural gas vehicles. Let us help you make the transition to the number one alternative fuel for heavy-duty fleets. Our long term lease-to-purchase option of CNG powered vehicles levels the financial playing field by removing the price differential of a natural gas truck versus a diesel truck. By operating on CNG, many of our customers simply allow the fuel savings to accommodate for leasing payments while the company manages the cash flow situation.Contact us today at (214) 630-1000 for further details.

Citations: 

“UPS To Add More Than 6,000 Vehicles To Its Natural Gas Fleet.” UPS Pressroom, UPS Pressroom, 9 Oct. 2019, pressroom.ups.com/pressroom/ContentDetailsViewer.page?ConceptType=PressReleases&id=1570546455953-427.

“Seaport Air Quality 2020 and Beyond Plan.” Port Of Oakland, Port Of Oakland, 13 June 2019, www.portofoakland.com/files/PDF/2020 and Beyond Plan Vol II (1).pdf.

“California Air Resources Board.” Truck and Bus Regulation, California Air Resources Board, ww2.arb.ca.gov/our-work/programs/truck-and-bus-regulation.

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Time Running Short for Trump’s Anti-Climate Agenda

August 1, 2019

For those losing sleep during this stifling summer over the very real prospect of human extinction, here’s a sliver of good news: Despite numerous attempts, President Donald Trump has laid only a tiny glove on the U.S. low-carbon power and transportation industries thus far.

With just a third of his term left, time and options are running low for a president who continues to deny climate science while serving as the fossil fuel industry’s Cheerleader-in-Chief.

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