Companies of all sectors and sizes seek ways to reduce emissions across the board and increasingly are taking a far closer look at the kind of fuel powering their vehicles. While much attention has shifted to the potential for battery-electric or hydrogen vehicles, another technology with a vast infrastructure — renewable natural gas — is gaining traction among fleet managers.
“I’ve personally worked on energy issues for 10 years, and I’ve been extremely excited about the progress that’s been made in renewable natural gas,” said Sam Wade, director of state regulatory affairs with the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas, during a recent GreenBiz webcast exploring this trend. The discussion focused on the growth of renewable natural gas for fleets of different sizes, the production of it and how it may continue to gain popularity.
Renewable natural gas (RNG) is natural gas made from methane, often from methane gas produced at landfills but also from farms. Methane that otherwise might be released into the air and produce more greenhouse gases is either stored or sent through a pipeline to be refined and made into fuel for vehicles. And it has an environmental aspect to it because the world still produces plenty of organic waste.