Our Switch to Natural Gas Powered Vehicles
Several years ago we started to investigate a cleaner fuel alternative to power our fleet of 80 vehicles. We chose American produced Natural Gas to curtail the harmful emissions that are produce by many of the other fuels being used today and also help reduce America’s dependence in foreign oil. Choosing to use domestic CNG dovetails with the company’s commitment to its environmental program, which includes single-stream recycling for both commercial and residential customers and using vehicles that collect both refuse and recycling to reduce the number of trucks on the road.
The use of natural gas fuel not only reduces operating costs for vehicles, but also reduces greenhouse gas emissions up to 30% in light-duty vehicles and up to 23% in medium-to-heavy duty vehicles. The U.S. Department of Energy reports that 98% of the natural gas consumed in the U.S. is sourced in the U.S. and Canada, making natural gas a secure North American energy choice.
In the past 4 years we has replaced 40 diesel trucks with CNG fueled trucks. we has reduced our diesel consumption by over 700,000 gallons yearly and eliminated a substantial amount of harmful emissions from going into our atmosphere. We intend to convert another 20 trucks to CNG within the next 4 years. This would be yearly reduction of 1.1 million gallons of diesel fuel.
We have also taken it a step further and start to replace our company pickup trucks and delivery style box trucks with Bi-fuel powered vehicles. These vehicle will run full time on CNG, but have a gasoline back up if ever needed.
In 2013 we recognized the need for developing the infrastructure to help all users of CNG in the area and became a partner in a public access station that is also located in Hartford. This public station is not only used by us, but it is also used by numerous other haulers, taxi companies and private users. In June of 2015, we brought online a slow fill CNG station at the facility in Hartford and most recently, we brought online a second slow fill station at our facility in Essex that is used to fuel the vehicles that service the shoreline areas.