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2020 in Review: The Year of Essential and Sustainable RNG

By Clean Energy Fuels

In 2020, as our country worked its way through the pandemic and toward a resilient future, Clean Energy remained a leader in the journey to a more sustainable world. 

When the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic forced many businesses to close, Clean Energy continued to operate as an essential business through the lockdown. All 550 Clean Energy stations have remained fully operational during the crisis and continue to provide access to customers that are supplying essential goods and services. With the largest technician base in North America, Clean Energy has been committed to serving fleet operators while protecting the health and safety of both its employees and customers.

Clean Energy customers were able to continue to operate their critical business at a very high level, despite significant challenges from the pandemic—essential employees were able to get to work, refuse was collected every day, and goods movement continued uninterrupted throughout the U.S. 

“We wanted to be sure everyone was safe and could function well under the current circumstances, whether it was technicians on the front line or employees based in one of our offices,” said Clean Energy Vice President Chad Lindholm. “This enabled us to fulfill our commitment to our customers with reliable and consistent fueling services.” 

Commitment to Redeem™ Renewable Natural Gas

Increasingly in 2020, Clean Energy customers demonstrated their commitment to sustainable transportation and a clean-air future by enthusiastically embracing ultra-low carbon Redeem™ renewable natural gas (RNG).

Clean Energy’s Redeem was the first commercially available RNG vehicle fuel, derived from capturing the biogenic methane produced by the decomposition of organic waste from dairies, landfills, and wastewater treatment plants. Redeem reduces climate-harming greenhouse gas emissions by at least 70 percent, and even up to 300 percent depending on the source of the RNG, making it a negative carbon fuel.

In 2020 Clean Energy significantly augmented its supplies of Redeem and has provided ever-increasing volumes of the clean, sustainable fuel to its customers.  

“We have tremendous excitement about the continued growth of the RNG segment within the greater natural gas transportation industry,” Lindholm said. “Clean Energy is dedicated to providing our customers with a pathway to carbon-free transportation by offering fueling solutions available today that will lead to a cleaner environment through a zero-carbon economy for future generations.”

In late 2020, Clean Energy announced a 50/50 joint venture with partner and largest shareholder Total to develop carbon negative RNG production facilities in the United States, as well as credit support to build additional downstream RNG fueling infrastructure.

At the same time, Clean Energy unveiled plans to work with BP Products North America to develop, own and operate new RNG facilities at dairies and other agriculture facilities that will produce one of the cleanest fuels in the world.

Clean Energy’s goal is to meet the rapidly growing demand by customers for carbon negative RNG and to deliver 100% Redeem RNG to its entire fueling infrastructure by 2025, which it is well on its way to achieving.

Adopt-A-Port

In 2020, Chevron announced a partnership with Clean Energy establishing Adopt-a-Port, an initiative that provides truck operators serving the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach with cleaner, carbon-negative RNG to reduce emissions. 

Pacific Green Trucking, which operates drayage vehicles in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, added 39 new RNG trucks to its fleet through the Chevron and Clean Energy partnership Adopt-A-Port program. In migrating from diesel fuel to RNG, Pacific Green committed to an approximate 2.3 million gallons of Redeem.

Robust Demand for Redeem

Clean Energy announced that Estes Express Lines will add to its fleet 50 new trucks fueled with Redeem, bringing its total to 71. Estes acquired the Class 8 natural gas trucks equipped with the Cummins Westport ultra-clean ISX12N engine for its California fleet, and is expected to use an approximate 2.8 million gallons of RNG over the multi-year contract.

In efforts to improve its overall sustainability program, Austin-Bergstrom Airport switched to Clean Energy’s Redeem, reducing the airport’s overall carbon footprint by an estimated 20 percent.

Clean Energy was contracted by New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to provide Redeem to power the MTA’s 800 natural gas transit buses. Switching MTA buses to fuel with RNG is reducing harmful greenhouse gas by 40,000 tons per year, the equivalent of taking 5,000 cars off the road.

Specializing in the transportation of food grade dry bulk commodities in the Western U.S., Food Express, based in Arcadia, CA has contracted Clean Energy to build a station in Maywood, CA that will deliver an estimated 4.7 million gallons of Redeem for its fleet of 60 RNG trucks. 

Waste Connections, the third largest waste company in North America, inked a multi-year extended supply contract for an approximate 8 million gallons of Redeem to meet its growing RNG truck fleet needs.

For an in-depth look at Clean Energy news in 2020 please visit our Press Room here.