American parcel delivery giant UPS has recently come to the agreement to buy renewable natural gas (RNG) to supply to its US delivery vehicles from Clean Energy Fuels Corp. The new agreement “signifies UPS’s plan to significantly expand its use of renewable natural gas for its alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet.
Clean Energy Fuels is the exclusive produce of Redeem - the first RNG made available in commercial quantities. It has been said that fuelling stations of UPS in Sacramento, Fresno and Los Angeles will begin using Redeem RNG for refuelling tractors and delivery vehicles this month.
Mitch Nichols, UPS Senior Vice President of Transportation and Engineering, has said: “Renewable natural gas is critical to our effort to minimise UPS’s environmental impact while meeting the growing demand for our services.” Nichols continued: “Our rolling laboratory approach provides a unique opportunity for UPS to test different fuels and technologies. Today’s RNG agreement will help mature the market for this promising alternative fuel. This commitment also positions UPS to use RNG in its extensive natural gas fleet which includes more than 2,500 medium and heavy duty vehicles.”
Currently, UPS operates natural gas tractors on RNG within the UK in partnership with Mercedes Benz.