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DSNY Calls for Transformation to Renewable Natural Gas Fleets

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Diesel exhaust contains more pollutants that people breathe in, and it’s responsible for about a quarter of greenhouse gases from transportation, which contributes to climate change.
DSNY Calls for Transformation to Renewable Natural Gas Fleets

SEATTLE (Waste 360): Environmental nonprofit Energy Vision wants New York City fleets to get off of diesel and convert to renewable natural gas (RNG). It’s calling on the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY), which runs the city’s largest heavy-duty fleet, to lead the way and explore RNG trucks, especially in low-income, minority communities with high trash truck traffic. But DSNY has reservations about making what would be a major transition to be able to burn this low-carbon fuel in its 2,100 trucks.

“Diesel exhaust contains more pollutants [than cleaner alternatives] that people breathe in, and it’s responsible for about a quarter of greenhouse gases from transportation, which contributes to climate change,” says Joanna Underwood, founder of Energy Vision. “RNG is the lowest carbon fuel and can even be net carbon-negative over its lifecycle.”

Environmental nonprofit Energy Vision wants New York City fleets to get off of diesel and convert to renewable natural gas (RNG). It’s calling on the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY), which runs the city’s largest heavy-duty fleet, to lead the way and explore RNG trucks, especially in low-income, minority communities with high trash truck traffic. But DSNY has reservations about making what would be a major transition to be able to burn this low-carbon fuel in its 2,100 trucks.

“Diesel exhaust contains more pollutants [than cleaner alternatives] that people breathe in, and it’s responsible for about a quarter of greenhouse gases from transportation, which contributes to climate change,” says Joanna Underwood, founder of Energy Vision. “RNG is the lowest carbon fuel and can even be net carbon-negative over its lifecycle.”

Carbon dioxide emissions

Diesel, 150,000 metric tons; RD, about 9,000 metric tons; RNG, 0 metric tons.

Tail pipe particulate matter emissions

Diesel, 45,000 grams; RD, 45,000 grams; RNG, just under 5,000 grams.

There are currently four CNG fueling stations in New York City owned and operated by Clean Energy Fuels that Underwood believes could supply several hundred more RNG trucks now. A fifth is under construction.

However, DSNY still has concerns tied to infrastructure and other issues.

Courtesy: https://waste360.com

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