Oregon DEQ releases timeline for Clean Fuels Program expansion

By Erin Voegele | May 27, 2020

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality on May 18 announced it has submitted detailed information to Gov. Kate Brown on how it plans to carry out her March 10 executive order that set a new goal for greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction.

The plans submitted by DEQ include a preliminary report on cap and reduce programs, and work plans related to clean fuels, strategies to reduce GHG emissions from transportation, regulations to reduce methane emissions from landfills, and strategies to reduce food waste.

One provision of the March 10 executive order directs state agencies to expand the Oregon Clean Fuels Program to enable the state to reduce the average amount of GHG emissions per unit of fuel energy by 20 percent below 2015 levels by 2030 and 25 percent below 2015 levels by 2035. The work plan submitted by DEQ describes the steps necessary to carry out the expansion of the Clean Fuels Program and includes a high-level summary of some of the key policy issues that will be addressed leading up to and including rulemakings by the state’s Environmental Quality Commission.  

The Clean Fuels Program work plan also includes a proposed timeline for expansion of the program. A formal rulemaking for the expansion of the program is expected to begin near the end of the third quarter of 2021. Until that time, the agency plans to undertake several studies and other activities related to the future rulemaking.

Another provision of the March 10 executive order directs state agencies to take actions necessary to reduce gas emissions from landfill as part of the state’s goal to achieve GHG reductions of at least 45 percent by 2035 and 80 percent by 2050. According to the work plan, the DEQ plans to begin developing a rulemaking on landfill gas during the fourth quarter of this year. Landfills would be required to submit design plans for methane gas collection systems in late 2021 and early 2022. Landfills would install approve methane gas collection systems beginning in 2023. The work plan also briefly discusses compliance measures that may be available to landfills seeking alternative compliance pathways, such as decreasing incoming volumes of cardboard, paper fibers, grass clipping and similar materials.  

The DEQ said it will be holding virtual workshops and listening sessions on program options related to the March 10 executive order over the next six months.

“Oregon DEQ is committed to listening to all Oregonians, including community and business leaders, as we develop the specifics of how these programs are going to work,” said Richard Whitman, director of the DEQ. “We recognize that Oregon is in the midst of another crisis—the COVID-19 crisis—and DEQ is building those challenges into how we are approaching this effort. At the same time, we also recognize that Oregon and the rest of the world are running out of time to begin bringing greenhouse gas emissions under control. The governor has given us 18 months to get this work done, and we are going to do our very best to deliver a fair, thorough and well-founded set of programs that will put Oregon on the path to doing its part in combatting climate change.”

Additional information is available on the Oregon DEQ website. https://ngvglobalgroup.com/articles/17093/oregon-deq-releases-timeline-for-clean-fuels-program-expansion

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Natural Gas Truck Technology Proven Ready for the Rigors of Drayage Operations in San Pedro Bay Ports

Today’s commercially available, near-zero-emission (NZE) heavy-duty natural gas trucks have proven their readiness for the rigors of daily drayage truck operations at North America’s largest shipping ports, the San Pedro Bay ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. NZE natural gas trucks were officially upgraded to the highest Technology Readiness Level—TRL 9— in the Ports’ Feasibility Assessment for Drayage Trucks

NZE natural gas trucks are the first technology in the Ports’ assessment to achieve the TRL 9 rating (adapted from the U.S. Department of Energy’s “Technology Readiness Assessment Guide”). The assessment, first published by the Ports in March 2019, plays an integral role in the forward strategy of the Port’s groundbreaking Clean Trucks Program, as it evaluates the readiness of zero-emission (ZE) and NZE drayage truck fuel-technology platforms based on four key parameters: commercial availability, operational feasibility, infrastructure availability and economic workability.

NZE natural gas trucks are the first technology in the Ports’ feasibility assessment to achieve the TRL 9 rating, important to the Clean Trucks Program.

Seven Local Drayage Companies Led Demonstration Project

The upgraded rating was achieved following the successful demonstration of 20 natural gas trucks (powered by the Cummins ISX12N NZE engine) in daily drayage operations. Seven local drayage companies took part in the demonstration, including Total Transportation Services (TTSI), NFI, CR&R, Pacific 9 Transportation, 4Gen, Green Fleet Systems, and Orange Avenue Express. The demonstration trucks, designed for the 80,000 lbs gross combined weight rating typical in drayage, accumulated 567,603 miles running between the Ports and distribution centers throughout Southern California. Since completing the demonstration, the trucks have surpassed 1 million miles of operation.

“In our experience, NZE natural gas trucks are the closest direct replacement for diesel trucks in terms of their power and speed, the 600-mile range they provide between refueling, the ability to fast-fuel in about 10 or 15 minutes, and most importantly, their ability to compete on a cost-per-mile basis,” said Vic LaRosa, CEO and President of TTSI. “Our fleet has been operating NZE natural gas trucks reliably and cost-effectively for several years and plans to continue our investment based on the proven results and ROI we’ve achieved.”

The upgraded rating was achieved following the successful demonstration of 20 natural gas trucks (powered by the Cummins ISX12N NZE engine) in daily drayage operations.

Grant Funds Supported Demonstration

The demonstration, led by Clean Energy and Cummins Westport, was conducted under a grant (GFO-16-604) provided by the California Energy Commission (CEC) and the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD).

“Cummins Westport is excited for the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to officially recognize the commercial readiness of NZE natural gas trucks,” said Gord Exel, President of Cummins Westport. “We have thousands of NZE natural gas engines now operating throughout the country in Class 8 trucking operations, and more than 100 operating in the Southern California Ports; there is no question that our ISX12N engines will continue to provide the power and performance needed to reliably haul freight every day.”

Heavy-Duty Diesel Truck Emissions Cause Smog

Nearly 40% of the nation’s total containerized import traffic and 25% of its total exports are handled by the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Southern California is a major global goods movement hub with an expansive network of warehouse distribution centers. The heavy-duty diesel trucks that support the industry are the backbone of California’s thriving goods movement economy but are also one of the largest sources of emissions in Southern California. Heavy-duty diesel trucks cause smog and unhealthy air for 90% of Californians—about 35 million people. These impacts are particularly pronounced for residents living near major transportation corridors and in communities disproportionately impacted by truck traffic.

Southern California is a major global goods movement hub, but the heavy-duty diesel trucks that support the industry are one of the largest sources of emissions.

“Reducing diesel truck emissions from the 17,000 drayage trucks operating in our region each day will significantly reduce air pollution from the Ports,” said Wayne Nastri, Executive Officer at South Coast AQMD. “With a continued need for goods movement, it is critical to deploy more cost-effective, commercially ready near- or zero-emission solutions that can help us reach our clean air goals.”

“Air pollution from diesel trucks harms people every day in Southern California, so it is imperative that we see more aggressive efforts to meet the Ports’ stated goal of transitioning the current diesel-fueled drayage truck fleet – the largest fleet of trucks in Southern California – to near‐zero emission technology as soon as possible,” added Marc Carrel, President and CEO of BREATHE California of Los Angeles County.

No Limits on NZE Truck Production

The NZE ISX12N natural gas engine is produced in the Cummins engine plant in Jamestown, NY. “With our production capacity and partnership with Freightliner, Kenworth, Mack , Peterbilt and Volvo to sell this proven commercial product, there is effectively no limit on how many NZE trucks can be produced and delivered to meet the clean air needs of the Southern California ports,” Exel added. “As soon as the orders for these trucks are placed, we will build the engines and the trucks will be delivered shortly thereafter.”

NZE trucks can be delivered to meet the clean air needs of the Southern California ports. Fleets also benefit from the extensive public access natural gas refueling network.

Southern California fleets benefit from the existing and extensive public access natural gas refueling network, including multiple high-volume truck capable stations in the San Pedro Bay Ports, Southeast Los Angeles, and Inland Empire region. This fueling infrastructure is poised for the addition of several thousand trucks and the private sector is ready to invest in the development of additional infrastructure as demand grows.

“During these challenging economic times, this presents a unique opportunity for the deployment of private capital to facilitate our collective clean air efforts,” noted Andrew Littlefair, President and CEO of Clean Energy. “There is no need for public taxpayer or ratepayer incentives to build out this low carbon infrastructure; we have the private sector capital ready to go and we look forward to the Ports leading on this innovative public-private partnership opportunity.”

RNG Achieves Significant Reductions in GHG Emissions

When NZE natural gas trucks are fueled with renewable natural gas (RNG), significant reductions of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions can also be achieved. In California, more than 75% of the natural gas vehicle fuel being used in California today is renewable, according to the California Air Resources Board (ARB) Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) program data (Q1-Q3 2019).  The average carbon intensity (CI) of natural gas in California is 39gCO2e/MJ, which is similar to the average CI value for electricity reported by ARB.

NGV Global offers CNG Trucks from all classes. NGV Global Group is a global technology company that designs, manufactures, distributes and supports natural gas operated medium and heavy duty commercial vehicles sold worldwide. We manufacture natural gas engines, fuel storage units and fueling systems for application in our own products and for sale to third party companies interested in the conversion of trucks and buses to operate on natural gas completely (dedicated) or in conjunction (duel-fuel)  with diesel fuel. 

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How Much Clean Air Could $100 Million Buy?

California has the worst air pollution in the nation and diesel trucks are largely to blame. Original Story

Heavy-duty (HD) diesel trucks are the backbone of California’s thriving goods movement economy, but they also deliver a lot of negative impacts to the state. As the largest single source of emissions in California, HD diesel trucks cause smog and unhealthy air for 90% of Californians[1]. HD diesel trucks emit NOx (oxides of nitrogen) and diesel particulate matter (DPM), which can cause a range of health issues including asthma, cancer, heart disease, and premature death. These impacts are particularly pronounced in California’s many disadvantaged communities (DACs) which are already overburdened by HD diesel truck emissions. In addition, HD diesel trucks are one of North America’s largest and most rapidly growing sources of climate-altering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions which are detrimental to clean air.

California is facing several near-term deadlines to meet the minimum standards set by the federal government for clean and healthy air. Southern California only has until the end of 2022 to significantly cut smog-forming ozone emissions in order to reach these minimum federal requirements. Failure to meet these federal regulations can trigger fines and penalties, including withholding billions of dollars of federal highway funds. Of course, this is all in addition to the deadly toll diesel truck exhaust continues to take on the health of thousands of Californians on a daily basis.

Reducing diesel truck emissions is the only way that California can meet its clean air objectives. The state must find a way to get as many diesel trucks off the road as possible, and as quickly as possible, while ensuring industry can continue to thrive and grow the economy. With increasingly limited resources to achieve these multiple goals, the agencies responsible for providing healthy air for all Californians – especially those in DACs – must pursue the most immediate and most cost-effective solutions available.  There is simply no other choice.

So how do we get there?

To answer this, let’s look at what a hypothetical $100 million government investment could achieve when using one of California’s most popular funding programs. Which option would you chose if both cost the same?

Increasing deployment of RNG trucks will result in better clean air levels than using EV trucks.

How to stretch our dollars the farthest.

Did you guess that “Option A” was a near-zero emission natural gas truck? If so, great job. Option B results from using battery-electric trucks.

It may be surprising to learn that natural gas trucks can deliver the most emissions reductions, even when compared to trucks that don’t have tailpipes. The simple side-by-side comparison above demonstrates how the cost-effectiveness of these investments can yield significant benefits in terms of the number of clean trucks deployed and overall benefits that can be immediately achieved.

Here’s how this was calculated. Using one of California’s most popular funding programs (HVIP), a heavy-duty battery-electric vehicle (HD BEV) is eligible for a $150,000 incentive per truck. With $100 million government investment, 667 trucks could be funded ($100,000,000 / $150,000 = 667 HD BEVs funded).

A HD BEV typically has a range of 100 to 150 miles per charge and drives an estimated total of 12,000 miles per year[2]. Using these assumptions, the state could achieve the nitrous oxide (NOx) and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions shown below.

22.3 Total Annual Tons of NOx Reduced                       
12,216 Total Annual Metric Tons of GHG Reduced

Through the same HVIP program, a heavy-duty natural gas vehicle (HD NGV) is eligible for a $45,000 incentive per truck. The lower incentive is because HD NGVs have a much lower upfront purchase cost ($160,000 for a natural gas truck vs. $300,000 [short-range] to $605,000 [long-range] for battery-electric trucks, pre-FET and sales tax[3]). With $100 million in government investment, the state could fund 2,222 natural gas trucks ($100,000,000 / $45,000 = 2,222 HD NGVs funded).

A HD NGV typically has a range of 550 to 700 miles on a full tank. This additional range allows it to work much longer than can a HD BEV.  Using the total potential daily range, a HD NGV can easily drive 150,000 miles or more per year.  However, for consistency with the HD BEV calculation above, we’ve used a much more conservative estimate of 25,000 miles per year.[4] Therefore, with the same assumptions and formulas that were used for the HD BEV calculation, the associated emissions benefits of funding natural gas trucks are confirmed to be four to five times higher:

Natural Gas trucks are effective at reducing emission levels, resulting in clean air.

 139.5 Total Annual Tons of NOx Reduced                                 53,667   Total Annual Metric Tons of GHG Reduced[5]

Since most people don’t think in terms of “metric tons of emissions,” the example below translates the greenhouse gas emission benefit into something more relatable to our daily lives.

Funding NGV trucks is equivalent to clean air benefits from removing many more passenger vehicles.

The ability to achieve major progress in clean air right now.

Ultimately, both electric and natural gas vehicle technologies will play important roles in California’s clean transportation future. Experts agree that there is no “one size fits all” solution to meet the diverse operational needs of all California fleet operators—from transit to delivery, goods movement, agriculture, construction, schools, utilities, refuse collection, and public works. If California wants to have a fighting chance in achieving its clean air deadlines and bringing healthy air to millions of Californian’s living with persistent smog, maximizing near term actions and scaled deployments of cost-effective clean technology will be absolutely critical.

A few vehicle manufacturers are starting early pilot projects for HD BEVs. Unfortunately, for the large trucks that haul our goods and produce the most amount of emissions, scalable HD BEV solutions are not commercially available today. In fact, many manufacturers have stated that in the first several years of introducing HD BEVs to market, only a few hundred trucks will be manufactured each year, and deployment opportunities will be significantly restricted by the lack of an available charging infrastructure.

It’s no surprise that many industry experts have stated that HD BEVs will not be utilized on a wide scale for at least 10 years or more given the limited availability of vehicles, high purchase costs, and the need to develop an entire support ecosystem (e.g., high-powered public and private charging infrastructure, utility rate programs, dealership sales and service, parts distribution, etc.). With millions of HD diesel trucks on U.S. roadways, HD BEVs will be unlikely to make a significant dent in our air quality and climate challenges in the in the immediate term. Fortunately, however, HD NGVs are available and viable, and ready to make a differencetoday, and at scale.

HD NGVs are commercially available today from 10 major truck manufacturers—including Freightliner, Volvo, Kenworth, Mack, Peterbilt, and others. With these well-established brands also comes robust sales and service networks already in place to support HD NGVs at scale – especially in California. With the demonstrated power, performance and reliability required to meet fleets’ rigorous daily operations, there are more than 175,000 NGVs in operation across the United States today, which are supported by a strong and growing network of fueling stations. Given their widespread commercial availability, proven operations, and with the entire support ecosystem already in place, the continued scaling up deployments of this clean air technology can take place immediately – an extremely important issue when trying to reduce emissions and protect human health as quickly as possible.

Ultimately, it’s critical that California continue to support market competition among all clean transportation technology solution providers—including natural gas, battery-electric, clean diesel, propane autogas, hydrogen fuel cell, and others. Competition accelerates technology innovation, and leads to improved operational, environmental, and cost performance.

With more limited financial resources available, prioritizing incentive funding to facilitate large volume deployments of clean transportation technologies that get the most bang for the buck is absolutely critical to achieving clean air and climate change mitigation as quickly, effectively and efficiently as possible. 

Interested in Learning More About the Benefits of Natural Gas Trucks and Renewable Natural Gas (RNG)?

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1. Natural gas truck emissions are practically undetectable.

NGV trucks produce less emissions than typical passenger cars, which is beneficial for clean air.

Equivalent NOx Emissions/Mile[6]It’s true that natural gas trucks still produce tailpipe emissions, but the most harmful emissions—the ones that immediately impact human health and the environment—are so low that they are called “near zero emission” trucks.

These emissions from HD NGVs are in fact so low that they are comparable to the emissions that come out of the tailpipe of a typical light-duty gasoline car on the market today – a truly amazing feat for an 80,000 truck!

2. Using RNG enables fleets to go beyond carbon neutrality and save money.

RNG can make huge contributions towards clean air quality.

The natural gas that fuels vehicles can be produced from a variety of renewable sources including wastewater treatment plants, food and green waste, landfills, dairies, and farms.

Producing natural gas from these renewable sources provides an unmatched opportunity to capture the methane – which is a greenhouse gas – that would have otherwise been emitted into the atmosphere through each source’s natural decomposition cycle. By capturing this methane and using it to displace diesel fuel in a HD truck, RNG can have a “negative” carbon intensity (i.e., beyond carbon neutrality).

A 2020 report from Lawrence Livermore National Labs found that for California to achieve its 2045 carbon neutrality goals, investments in carbon negative actions will be required[7] . RNG is readily available to achieve such actions, today.

Not only are fleets using low carbon RNG helping to immediately reduce large volumes of climate change gases, they are also able to further lower their fuel cost via the financial credits afforded under the federal RIN Program and California’s LCFS Program.

3. The U.S. can produce large volumes of RNG.

More than 75% of natural gas used for transportation in California already comes from renewable sources[8]. The production of renewable natural gas (RNG) in California continues to grow significantly.

Additionally, a recent study confirmed that the total amount of RNG available in the U.S. could ultimately offset 75% of all current diesel fuel used in the national transportation sector. [9]

4. Natural gas trucks give us the ability to tackle California’s air pollution today.

175,000+ HD NGVs contribute to clean air goals across the U.S.

HD NGVs are commercially available today from 10 different major truck manufacturers—including Freightliner, Volvo, Kenworth, Mack, Peterbilt, and others. With these well-established brands also comes robust sales and service networks ready to support HD NGVs, especially in California where this clean air technology has been increasingly and successfully used for more than two decades.

Given HD NGV’s widespread commercial availability, proven operations, and with the entire support ecosystem already in place, the continued scaling up deployments of this clean air technology can take place immediately – an extremely important issue when trying to reduce emissions as quickly as possible.

NGV Global Group has increased its production of a variety of NGV Truck conversions that range from to meet demand of across a variety of transporting needs.

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[1] American Lung Association, 2019 State of the Air Report. https://www.lung.org/media/press-releases/20th-sota-ca

[2] California Air Resources Board, 2019-2020 Clean Transportation Incentives Funding Plan, Appendix A. https://ww2.arb.ca.gov/sites/default/files/2019-09/fy1920fundingplan-appa.pdf

[3] 2018 Feasibility Assessment for Cargo-Handling Equipment, September 2019. https://www.gladstein.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Final-CHE-Feasibility-Assessment_August-2019-Master.pdf

[4] California Air Resources Board, 2019-2020 Clean Transportation Incentives Funding Plan, Appendix A. https://ww2.arb.ca.gov/sites/default/files/2019-09/fy1920fundingplan-appa.pdf

[5] This emissions analysis in based on the California Air Resources Board’s assumptions from their FY19-20 funding plan, including using the average carbon intensity of RNG consumed in California in 2016 based on Low Carbon Fuel Standard data.

[6] Based on testing conducted by the University of California at Riverside on a 12L NZ natural gas engine (https://ucrtoday.ucr.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/CWI-LowNOx-12L-NG_v03.pdf) which showed NOx emissions ranging from 0.02 to 0.11 g/mi. By comparison, the average MY2020 passenger car has NOx emissions of 0.025 g/mi (per EMFAC 2017).

[7] Getting to Neutral: Options for Negative Carbon Emissions in California, January 2020. https://www-gs.llnl.gov/content/assets/docs/energy/Getting_to_Neutral.pdf

[8] Calculation based on California Air Resources Board 2018 Low Carbon Fuel Standard Data

[9] American Gas Foundation, December 2019, Renewable Sources of Natural Gas: Supply & Emission Reduction Assessment Study. https://www.gasfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/AGA_3894-RNG-2-Pager_V-11.pdf

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27 Years Of National Transportation Progress with Clean Cities

27 years of transportation progress in the United States

Take a look at the impressive results Clean Cities have accomplished across the nation since the first Clean Cities coalition was designated in 1993.


Nearly 100 local coalitions serve as the foundation of Clean Cities by working in communities across the country to implement alternative fuels, fuel-saving technologies and practices, and new mobility choices. Clean Cities coalitions are comprised of businesses, fuel providers, vehicle fleets, state and local government agencies, and community organizations. Each coalition is led by an on-the-ground Clean Cities coordinator who tailors projects and activities to capitalize on the unique opportunities within their communities. Nationwide, nearly 16,000 stakeholders participate in Clean Cities coalitions, and through their collective efforts they are transforming local and regional transportation markets.

What Does Clean Cities Coalition Do

At the national level, VTO develops partnerships and provides technical assistance and analysis, information resources, and online tools and data. At the local level, coalitions leverage these resources to create networks of local stakeholders and provide technical assistance to fleets implementing alternative and renewable fuels, idle-reduction measures, fuel economy improvements, and emerging transportation technologies.

Together, Clean Cities’ efforts support a broad set of approaches that improve transportation efficiency at the local, state, and national levels. Clean Cities’ activities include:

  • Building partnerships with local coalitions of public- and private-sector transportation stakeholders
  • Developing unbiased and objective information resources covering alternative fuels, advanced vehicles, new mobility choices, and other strategies that improve transportation efficiency and reduce costs
  • Maintaining interactive, data-driven online tools to help stakeholders evaluate options and achieve goals
  • Sharing best practices and lessons learned to inform choices and build a strong national network
  • Using robust processes to collect and maintain relevant data sets to inform transportation decision making
  • Providing technical assistance to help fleets deploy alternative fuels, advanced vehicles, and fuel-saving measures
  • Working with industry partners and fleets to identify and address technology barriers and research needs
  • Empowering local decision makers to successfully identify and implement new transportation strategies
  • Seeding local alternative-fuel markets through projects that deploy vehicles and fueling infrastructure.

Clean Cities Coalition is a big part of the alternative fueling industry and have been with us every step of the way, advocating for all. Our greatest Thank You from everyone at NGV Global Group for your continued support in the industry as we push for a cleaner tomorrow.

#GivingTuesdayNow is TOMORROW! Consider showing support for your local Clean Cities Coalition, working toward clean air, efficient transportation, & diversifying fuel options. 27 years of transportation progress – we can continue with YOUR support!

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COVID-19: a key moment to think of a more sustainable future

Last week we shared a recent report from Harvard University that found that the regions with the highest levels of particulate matter and pollution in the United States were the ones with the highest death rates from Covid-19. Along these same lines, we want to continue making visible this unprecedented phenomenon, which is affecting world health and economy, and the importance of seeking more sustainable practices to face the future.

For a long time, many governments around the world have outlined ambitious climate goals and have – current and future – strict regulations to reduce their environmental footprint and decarbonize the transport sector, one of the main generators of polluting emissions in the atmosphere. However, many of these goals aim to achieve zero emissions through technologies that are at an incipient level of development, as is the case of electric vehicles.

Although many automakers already offer this type of vehicle, with batteries, fuel cells or hybrids, its price is not within the reach of the entire population or its development is not enough for all automotive segments. For example, heavy road transport requires extensive travel range, as well as a solid network of refueling stations on its routes, which electric vehicles do not yet offer.

Currently, governments face the difficult task of controlling the health emergency and, at the same time, introducing economic and social recovery measures. But they must also take into account the ecological factor to address the future.

In this sense, natural gas as a transport fuel is available today and is a 100% developed and proven technology, used in all types of vehicles (private cars, vans, buses and heavy trucks), as well as in maritime and railway transport. In the form of CNG or LNG, this energy can be a fundamental piece of government policy to help improve the air in cities and drive an efficient and economical energy transition.

Thanks to its environmental benefits (30% less CO2, 75% less NOx, and almost zero emissions of particles and SO2), natural gas powered mobility will allow to rebuild more sustainable economies in the short term, always meeting the medium- and long-term objectives of the Paris Agreement. In turn, the cost of natural gas is usually half that of gasoline or diesel, so it will also serve to recover the economy from any pocket.

What is more, when using natural gas from renewable sources (biomethane), neutrality in CO2 emissions can be achieved. This fuel has a zero CO2 balance because it avoids the emissions produced in the fermentation of the waste and maintains the same benefits as natural gas for air quality. In addition, renewable natural gas is totally interchangeable with natural gas, allowing it to be distributed using current infrastructure, whether for vehicle, industrial, commercial or home use.

We are all witnessing how the pandemic and the restriction of hundreds of activities around the world, including the very circulation of people in urban centers, have been beneficial for the environment due to low levels of pollution. Fish and crystal clear waters in Venice, wild animals in deserted streets, are some cases.

Therefore, it is crucial that policymakers can tackle the critical situation the world is going through from a sustainable perspective, becoming aware of the importance of the environment and taking advantage of the tools that are already available to start making change today.

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Odyssey Logistics Adds Natural Gas Tractors to Fleet

Odyssey Logistics & Technology Corp., a company that specializes in complex logistics and technology, has ordered two Freightliner Cascadia 113 compressed natural gas (CNG) tractors for its subsidiary, Linden Bulk Transportation LLC.

“Natural gas powers more than 12 million vehicles on the road today – and for good reason,” says Bob Shellman, president and CEO of Odyssey.

“Companies like Odyssey use CNG tractors to reduce smog-forming emissions and pollutants and better align with carbon footprint and sustainability goals,” he adds.

“Sustainability in this industry is a leading focal point for us, and we’re making strides toward a more innovative future through the CNG fleet,” says Michael Salz, president of Linden.

“The fleet shows our customers how important it is that we meet them on values and battle industry challenges, like climate change, head-on through green initiatives like this,” he adds.

Photo: Freightliner‘s Cascadia 113 CNG tractor

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Gasrec Notches Record Growth in CNG, LNG Sales

Gasrec has recorded a five-fold increase in sales of gas across its commercial vehicle refuelling network in the first quarter of 2020, versus the same period in 2019.

This record growth follows an influx of new trucks into the market running on compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquified natural gas (LNG) – with demand in March 2020 exceeding the previous peak of September 2014, at the height of the Euro-5 dual fuel era.

James Westcott, Chief Commercial Officer at Gasrec, explains: “The growth we have seen has been phenomenal, with volumes more than doubling between the final quarter of 2019 and the first quarter of 2020.

“Registrations of gas-powered 44-tonners has played a big role, together with the general realisation from the industry that gas represents the best opportunity right now to significantly reduce emissions and running costs.”

Gasrec now expects its CNG and LNG volumes to flatten temporarily as European truck production is largely halted due to COVID-19, limiting the opportunity for new gas-powered vehicles to enter the market.

Looking ahead, Westcott explains: “We work closely with customers to ensure we have the refuelling infrastructure they need in place before new trucks arrive, so we know the forward order bank is strong. Once production resumes, we fully expect the steep growth trajectory we’re on to return – it’s just been shunted back from one quarter to another.”

Gasrec counts three supermarket chains amongst its major customers – recording heavy fleet utilisation during March in the battle to keep shelves and RDCs stocked.

“One supermarket we supply doubled its demand for gas inside a week,” reports Westcott.

“But that’s been largely balanced, as in other areas we’ve seen a small volume of customer vehicles – those not carrying essential goods – being temporarily parked up.”

Demand for gas year-to-date is currently split approximately 70/30 in terms of LNG versus CNG, with LNG proving most popular for vehicles requiring maximum range.

Gasrec supplies fleets from a network of eight refuelling facilities, with its flagship 24/7 site at the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT) – Europe’s largest dedicated natural gas refuelling station – currently running at just over 30 per cent capacity. At maximum utilisation, DIRFT has the capacity to refuel 700 heavy goods vehicles per day.

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Remarks by President Trump Celebrating America’s Truckers

Just In Case You Missed it especially those on the road working. Here is a recap of President Trump Celebrating America’s Truckers. Regardless of your political affiliation, we can all agree that Truckers are doing a phenomenal job during these times where they are needed most. They stepped up to the plate regardless of the risks. From all of us here at NGV Global Group we want to say THANK YOU.

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THE PRESIDENT:  That’s beautiful stuff.  They are beautiful, beautiful trucks.  That’s the real deal.  You wouldn’t switch jobs with anybody, would you?  Huh?

MR. MADIGAN:  No, sir.

THE PRESIDENT:  You wouldn’t — I know the truckers.  They wouldn’t switch with anybody.  It’s what they love, right?  That’s why they’re good at it.  These are the best too.

Well, thank you all for being here as we celebrate some of the heroes of our nation’s great struggle against the coronavirus: our brave, bold, and incredible truckers.  And look at that equipment — they’re the best made — and great companies also, and companies that have really helped us a lot.  We appreciate that.

At a time of widespread shutdowns, truck drivers form the lifeblood of our economy — and the absolute lifeblood.  For days, and sometimes weeks on end, truck drivers leave their homes and deliver supplies that American families need and count on during this national crisis and at all other times.  They’re always there.  Their routes connect every farm, hospital, manufacturer, business, and community in the country.

In the war against the virus, American truckers are the foot soldiers who are really carrying us to victory.  And they are.  They’ve done an incredible job.  We’ve had no problems.  It’s been just — it’s been just great, and we want to thank you very much.  It’s really great.  We have a little special — a little special award too.

To every trucker listening over the radio or behind the wheel, I know I speak for the 330 million-plus Americans that we say: Thank God for truckers.  That’ll be our theme: Thank God for truckers.

On this special occasion, when we honor the truck drivers of America, I’m grateful to be joined by Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, who’s doing a fantastic job, and the CEO of the American Trucking Association, Chris Spear.

Secretary Chao, please say a few words.  Thank you.  Thank you, Elaine.

SECRETARY CHAO:  Thank you, Mr. President.

THE PRESIDENT:  You can move that, if you’d like.

SECRETARY CHAO:  I’m a little bit shorter, so.

Mr. President, thank you so much.  I am so pleased to join the President in honoring America’s heroes: our country’s truck drivers and trucking industry.  The whole country is cheering you on.  Without you, it would be impossible to keep our economy moving and get food, medical equipment, and essential supplies to where they need to be.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has been hard at work to help you do this difficult job for our country.  At the President’s direction, we have reached out to the trucking industry on an unprecedented basis, listening to your concerns, providing regulatory relief, and helping ensure that truck stops and state rest stops are open and food is available.

We are so grateful for what you do.  Truckers are playing a heroic role in helping America cope during this crisis, and truckers will be a critical part in helping our economy recover once this crisis is past us.

The administration is here for you.  Just let us know.  So a big thank you to America’s truckers, their families, and to the entire trucking industry for keeping our country moving.  You are truly America’s heroes.

Thank you, Mr. President.

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Thanks.  That’s beautiful.  Thank you very much, Elaine.

From the moment the invisible enemy landed on our shores, America’s 3.5 million truckers have never wavered at all, and they’ve never, ever let us down.  When we supply our country, we supply it through truckers.  And supply chains were stretched thin to hospitals and cities and states needed — they needed massive convoys of supplies that truckers kept on going, day and night.  It didn’t make any difference to them.  They had to get the job done.

With us today is Charlton Paul, a driver with UPS Freight from New York, and a leader in the Teamsters Local 707.  I know the Teamsters well.  I’ve had many a concrete truck in New York delivering to my buildings as I was building them.

Charlton, I want to just thank you for the great job you’ve done.  I have a little special award for each of you.  And please come up, tell us about your experience.  Please.  Thank you very much.

MR. PAUL:  Thank you, Mr. President.  Thank you, Secretary Chao.  My name is Charlton Paul.  I’ve been with UPS for nearly 25 years.  As growing up, the only thing I wanted to do was sit behind the wheel of one of these massive trucks.

It’s an honor in having a role in part of fighting this coronavirus.  I’m an America’s Road Team captain.  I’m a UPS All-Star.  I drive 606 miles every day from Newburgh, New York, to Brookville, Pennsylvania.

I recently carried 180 gallons of hand sanitizer made by one of our customers, Prohibition Distillery, in Upstate New York.  Some of my colleagues of UPS Freight have been delivering barrels of hand sanitizer to the New York City Police Department.  I couldn’t be more proud of my team.

I’m also honored to be here representing more than 495,000 UPS workers worldwide to get essential supplies to our frontline healthcare and emergency responders every day.

Lastly, my hat is off to the entire trucking industry for keeping our country and our economy moving.  Thank you and God bless you.

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.

MR. PAUL:  Thank you, sir.

THE PRESIDENT:  Charlton, we have this for you.  That’s so beautiful.  Come on over here, and we’ll take a picture.  This is for you.

(The President presents a ceremonial key.)

MR. PAUL:  Thank you so much, Mr. President.  (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT:  Great job.

MR. PAUL:  Thank you, sir.

THE PRESIDENT:  And thank you very much, Charlton.  Appreciate it.  Great job.

We’re also joined by Dylan Madigan, a driver for DHL Express who has been delivering personal protective equipment to hard-hit areas of New Jersey.

Dylan, please, say a few words.  Thank you.

MR. MADIGAN:  First, I would like to thank President Trump for inviting me here today and for his outstanding leadership of our country, especially during this pandemic we are facing.  For myself and my colleagues at DHL Express, who are picking up and delivering essential shipments every day, we are on the frontlines, but we also know that our true heroes are the medical professionals who are battling to save thousands of precious lives each day. It is an honor to support them, especially in the Northeast, where I am based.

Within the last month, I’ve personally transported hundreds of shipments of personal protective equipment and other medical supplies, including several large shipments of masks to a private home in New — in East Brunswick, New Jersey, where the masks were all being donated by the thousands to our local first responders.

I am proud to be able to safely support our customers, first responders, and healthcare heroes.  It is truly an honor to be here, Mr. President.

Thank you.

THE PRESIDENT:  It’s been my honor.  It’s been my — here, just stay right there.  I’ve got this for you, all right?  Okay?

MR. MADIGAN:  Thank you, sir.

(The President presents a ceremonial key.)  (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT:  Truckers move over 70 percent of all freight in the United States, over 10 million tons every single year.  Truckers keep our economy running.  And now, in this time of national need, they’re saving lives.

Here is a very fine gentleman, Stephen Richardson, a member of the American Trucking Association from the great state of Tennessee — we love Tennessee — who drives for Big G Express.

Stephen, please come up and say a few words.  Please.

MR. RICHARDSON:  Good afternoon, everyone.  Good afternoon.  Thank you, Mr. President, for having me here.

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Great honor.

MR. RICHARDSON:  I am Steven Richardson and I’ve been driving with a company called Big G Express out of Shelbyville, Tennessee, for about 19 years.  But my total driving experience is 30 years almost.  They are an ESOP-owned company, meaning we are employee-owned; we own the company.  That makes me very proud to know that I’m part of this organization.

THE PRESIDENT:  And rich.  Very rich.

MR. RICHARDSON:  Thank you, sir.

But, also, in my time of driving in the last couple of years, I’ve been hauling barrels for a company called Jack Daniel’s, out of Lynchburg, Tennessee.  They make some of the greatest Tennessee whiskey, if I could say.  I’ve had a few swigs here and there.  (Laughter.)  But in times when the economy is running good, Jack Daniel’s makes great whiskey.  But now that we’re in this time of a pandemic, Jack Daniel’s has switched over to making hand sanitizer.

And by me hauling the barrels, it allows the company on the front end to do something for agriculture in our area.  It also allows the company to run and make hand sanitizer, which I think is great.

I just want to say I really appreciate the three and a half million men and women truck drivers out here that are running up and down the roads every day, supplying the essentials that we need — the groceries on the shelves, the toilet paper, et cetera — to keep our essential workers out there and keep them striving.

I really thank this opportunity to be here, and it means the world to me.  And I would like to personally say I thank all the truckers in the United States.  And I hope that, if you pass a trucker out there on the road, if you get a chance, say thank you.

THE PRESIDENT:  That’s true.

MR. RICHARDSON:  Thank you for your time today.

THE PRESIDENT:  That’s true.  Here you go.  This is for you.

(The President presents a ceremonial key.)  (Applause.)

Thank you very much, Stephen.

In recent weeks, the American people have shown these devoted American workers the love and support like never before.  Good Samaritans have set up food services near highways so truckers can get meals while restaurants are closed.  It’s an incredible thing to watch.

Fast-food restaurants have opened drive-through lanes for semi-trucks and truckers and some others that help us out.  People have stood in overpasses and on top of highways, waving flags and cheering while they drive by, and billboards are rising above the roads all over the place.  I’m seeing them all over.  It says, “Thank you, truckers.”  I see them all the time.

Joining us is an owner/operator who drives for FedEx Ground, named Tina Peterson.  Tina is an incredible person — an incredible talent, they say; a great driver.  She completes an amazing 10 round-trip hauls with her husband from St. Paul, Minnesota to Dallas, Texas, every month.  They’re a tandem.  They drive together.

Tina, please come up and say a few words, please.

MS. PETERSON:  Thank you, Mr. President.  Since the coronavirus hit in the U.S., I have seen an increase in residential delivery of e-commerce at FedEx Ground.

My husband Dave and I have had a family give us a meal out of the back of their pickup truck at a rest area that they put together for truck drivers.  We’ve received thumbs up from motorists on the highways and have seen people standing on overpasses waving American flags to the passing trucks.

The delivery drivers bringing packages to doors have been sharing photos of thank-you letters, notes, cards, and sidewalk chalk messages telling us, “Thank you for still working,”  thanking drivers for delivering what their families need right now.

We recognize and appreciate the unique position we are in, helping to deliver aid and keep the economy moving during this challenging time.

Everyone at FedEx would tell you this is who we are and what we do.  Thank you.

THE PRESIDENT:  Wow, that’s great.  Thank you very much.  Come right over here.

MS. PETERSON:  Thank you.

(The President presents a ceremonial key.)  (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, Tina.  Very good.

My administration is devoting every ounce of our energy and every fiber in our bodies to give a tremendous — really, create a border, create something very powerful against this virus, this horrible virus — to heal the sick, restore the full force of the U.S. economy, and do all of the things that we’re doing.

And, by the way, for the media, we have a very important press conference today at 6 o’clock.  We’re going to be talking about guidelines that have been very carefully done.  We’re speaking at 3 o’clock to the governors, and we’ll be informing them.  And I think they’ll be very happy with what we’re doing.  They want to win this war, and we’re going to win it.  We’re going to win it very, very big, and hopefully very soon.

No matter what we do, there have been so many lives lost, but the people here have helped us so much.  And I just — I am so honored to be with them.  That’s why, in recent weeks, we’ve done everything in our power that we have to keep our truckers safe, fueled, fed, and on the road.

And we’re also working — I think they’ll be happy to know, because they know the roads better than anybody — we’re working very strongly on an infrastructure package.  And if we could get some Democrat support, we’re going to have a tremendous — you’re going to have nice roads again.  Nice, beautiful roads again.  A $2 trillion — potentially, a 2-trillion-dollar package.

We eased regulation so that the truckers could be free to drive more hours and to transport emergency relief supplies, including masks, and gloves, and gowns, and groceries.  We worked with states to lift burdensome restrictions and ensure that all states’ rest areas remain open to support these hardworking men and women on the road.

And we also declared that our talented workers at private truck stops are essential employees.  They are indeed.  I don’t know if you know that.  Did you know we call you all as “essential”?  There’s very few people called “essential.”  I don’t know if they call me essential.  I’m not sure about that.  But you’re essential, that I can tell you.

But all truck drivers can continue to have warm meals and hot showers, access to mechanics, and a place to park at night.

We postponed the REAL ID deadline and made sure commercial licenses, learner’s permits, and medical certificates will not expire while DMVs remain closed.  That’s a big deal.

And because nearly 90 percent of operators in the trucking industry have fewer than 10 trucks, our Paycheck Protection Program, which is a tremendous success — in fact, it is now depleted; $350 billion is now depleted, and we’re going for another $250 billion.  They want it.  They have to have it.  This is for companies to give and to make sure that they won’t be letting people go.  Keep the companies together, and keep the workers — keep the people that really run those companies, keep them well taken care of.  But we’re protecting the jobs and wages of countless truckers employed by small businesses.

Truckers are playing a critical role in vanquishing the virus, and they will be just as important as we work to get our economic engines roaring, which is happening very quickly.  You watch.  But once we get going, the truckers are going to be working so hard you’re not going to be able to take a day of rest in between.  Maybe a couple of hours.

But they work hard.  They work long.  Nobody works harder, actually.  I know a lot about trucking.  I know a lot about truckers, and I know plenty of truckers.  They’re great people.

With the same spirit of faith and grit and abiding patriotism that defines everything they do, we know our truckers will never let us down under any circumstance.  They will never let us down.  They’re always there.  They always have been; they always will be.  They’re very exceptional people.

So I say, God bless our great truckers.  God bless every worker who is serving our nation in this time of need.  God bless all who are sick.  And God Bless America.  And thank you for being here.

And, Elaine Chao, I just want to say that we work together long and hard, and you have done an incredible job as our Secretary of Transportation.  And, you know, I have an extra key.  I’m going to let the truckers decide: Should I give one to Elaine Chao or not?  Huh?  What do you think?  Yes?  I think so.  I think we’re going to do it.

SECRETARY CHAO:  Let’s give one to Chris Spear.  He’s head of the —

THE PRESIDENT:  Where is Chris?  Where is Chris?

SECRETARY CHAO:  I don’t know where he is.

THE PRESIDENT:  Where is Chris Spear?  Come here, Chris.  That’s big power.  (Applause.)  Come here, Chris.  Come here, Elaine.  Do that.  Come.

SECRETARY CHAO:  Thank you so much.

THE PRESIDENT:  Let’s take a good picture.  That’s great, honey.  You take that.

SECRETARY CHAO:  Thank you so much.  And that’s Chris.

THE PRESIDENT:  Come here, Chris.

MR. SPEAR:  Thank you, Mr. President.

THE PRESIDENT:  Hey, Chris.  I won’t shake your hand.

MR. SPEAR:  No.  No.  (Laughter.)

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.


(The President presents a ceremonial key.)

MR. SPEAR:  Thank you, sir.  Appreciate it, Mr. President.  (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Congratulations to everybody.  Thank you.  Thank you very much.  Great job.  Thank you very much.  Thank you.



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Port of Seattle to Halve Carbon Emissions with Renewable Fuel Contract (RNG)

The Port of Seattle Commission approved a contract to enable the Port to reach its 2030 goal to reduce carbon emissions by 50 percent, almost a decade early

This long-sought major milestone, voted on at the Commission meeting on April 14, 2020 (Agenda item 8a), results from authorization for a 10-year supply contract with U.S. Gain for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG), a low-carbon natural gas alternative produced most often from landfill waste. RNG produces no new carbon emissions because it replaces fossil fuels and recycles existing carbon in the atmosphere. 

The $23 million contract allows the Port to purchase enough fuel to heat 55 percent of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) terminal and to power 100 percent of its bus fleet to reach its 50 percent port-wide carbon reduction goal. SEA will be the first airport in the country to utilize RNG for heating.

The fuel delivery begins October 1, 2020. The RNG-related cost increase to the airline rates is less than one percent. There are no costs to terminal tenants such as Airport Dining and Retail operators or to taxpayers. 

“The Commission vote is another example of the Port’s environmental leadership, even in hard times,” said Commission Vice President Fred Felleman and founding chair of the Energy and Sustainability Committee. “While it’s critical that immediate attention is given to recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, we must continue to reduce our carbon footprint if we are to avoid the long-term economic and human costs associated with the climate crisis.”

Natural gas accounts for 75 percent of the Port’s annual climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions. This contract will result in the reduction of approximately 11,000 tons of emissions the Port directly produces from its own operations (scope 1) and those from the energy it purchases (scope 2). This reduction is equivalent to heating 4,000 Seattle homes or taking 2,400 passenger vehicles off the roads each year of the contract.

“We are honored to supply RNG to SEA and applaud them on achieving such an incredible milestone, well ahead of schedule,” said Bryan Nudelbacher, director of RNG business development with U.S. Gain. “RNG is the immediate solution to reduce thermal and transportation-related carbon emissions and because of this, we’re committed to developing new RNG projects that expand access to others seeking sustainability wins, like SEA.”

Statewide Carbon Fuel Standard Needed

The Port’s RNG supply comes from a landfill outside Washington state as most large in-state landfills already capture and sell their RNG either as electricity or transportation fuel to California markets. California state legislation provides price incentives for low carbon fuels making it more lucrative for renewable fuel providers.

For the past three years, the Port has strongly supported legislation creating a statewide Clean Fuel Standard for Washington, which would create incentives for new businesses to produce these fuels for use in Washington. The Port utilized RNG in 2014 and 2015, but the supply was transferred out of state due to financial incentives offered in California. Once Washington creates a clean fuel standard, the Port will no longer pay a premium for RNG or other renewable fuels used for transportation. 

Smith Cove Benefits Study Approved

Port Commissioners also approved an Inter-local agreement with the Washington State Departments of Ecology and Natural Resources for the Smith Cove “Blue Carbon” pilot project (Agenda Item 8b). Blue carbon refers to the ability of marine plants to sequester carbon from seawater and transfer it into sediments. The goal of the study is to evaluate how well transplanted kelp and eelgrass offshore of Smith Cove Park sequester carbon and reduce ocean acidification associated with carbon concentrations. In partnership with the Puget Sound Restoration Fund, the Port’s Smith Cove pilot has also reintroduced the previously overharvested Olympia Oysters to improve water quality.

Begun in 2018, marine scientists and Port officials are using the Smith Cove Blue Carbon pilot project to test techniques to restore and improve critical aquatic habitat in urban bays. The 25-acre project is part of a regional interagency effort evaluating how six different sites benefit the health of the Salish Sea.

The Commission authorized funding for the $250,000 project to support long-term evaluation.

 “The Smith Cove Blue Carbon Project could make a real contribution to the restoration of the Salish Sea by reducing ocean acidification, restoring Olympia oysters, and creating habitat for salmon and other marine species,” said Port of Seattle Commissioner Ryan Calkins. “These investments, and innovative projects like Smith Cove, demonstrate the Port’s commitment to reducing our carbon emissions while being an economic leader in the region.”

NGV Global Group thinks this is great news for the industry. More and more companies and government municipalities are seeing the need to lower pollution right now. The technology is there and RNG is cleaner then electric which still gets a percentage of its fuel from energy produced by coal. Not to mention the mining and disposal of lithium which seems to be overlooked by those in the industry.

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Perry Cooper | SEA Airport Media Officer
(206) 787-4923 | cooper.p@portseattle.org

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Alternative Transportation Fuel Sector Stays Revved Up

One part of the U.S. economy that hasn’t been stopped by the pandemic is trucking of goods, and that goes for the alternative transportation fuel that powers many of the fleets.

The fuel cell and hydrogen energy applications are getting more attention from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and a recent report by McKinsey and Co., noting billions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of jobs the hydrogen sector could create by 2030 while providing a lower-carbon energy option. DOE at the end of last year provided more than $160 million in grant funds.

One of the top priorities for the natural gas vehicle (NGV) trade group NGVAmerica is to influence the development of a cleaner trucks initiative at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to use gas in powering trucking fleets. NGVAmerica also is seeking “regulatory parity” for NGV technology in the EPA and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s SAFE rulemaking for light-duty vehicles.

NGV Global Group has been ramping up production of their CNG semi-tractor trailers as demands for trucking continue to ramp up. The trucking industry is an essential industry and moves all types of freight throughout the entire country that many Americans depend on. COVID-19 puts truck drivers in high demand for transport of crucial goods across the country. NGV Global Group continues to support this crucial industry in times when all possible hands on deck are needed.

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