Republic Services will increase its use of renewable natural gas (RNG) by three times what it used in 2016 through an expanded agreement with Clean Energy. Republic says the agreement will enable it to reduce its fleet emissions by approximately 110,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent over a three-year period.
“As the operator of the eighth largest vocational fleet in the country, we have a number of initiatives to reduce overall fuel usage, including our continued commitment to operating CNG-powered trucks,” said Pete Keller, vice president of recycling and sustainability. “These initiatives will help us to reach our goals of reducing fleet greenhouse gas emissions.”
Clean Energy’s Redeem brand of RNG fuel will be deployed across Republic’s CNG-fleet in 20 states. Redeem is derived from biogenic methane or biogas, which is methane that is generated by the decomposition of organic waste in landfills or digesters. The methane gas is then processed, purified and sent into the interstate natural gas pipeline and made commercially available to Clean Energy customers.
As part of the Company’s Blue Planet sustainability initiative, Republic is continuing to build durable practices and programs across its sustainability platform to further improve its environmental and social impacts through decreased vehicle emissions among other initiatives.
Nationwide, Republic operates a fleet of more than 2,500 CNG vehicles and 38 natural gas fueling stations. Republic’s CNG fleet helps to save roughly 18 million gallons of diesel fuel annually.