NGVAmerica continues its push for recognition of natural and renewable gas (biomethane) as an affordable, available and cleaner fuel for transportation by joining nearly 40 stakeholders in testifying on the Climate and Community Protection Act (S79871A), which would aim to offer aggressive, new decarbonization goals in New York. Dan Gage, President of the association, participated at the hearing which was the first on climate change in the New York State Senate.
“Biomethane fuel is a proven, commercially-ready-right-now and road-tested technology. We have an established refueling infrastructure of over 2,000 stations with a mature network of manufacturers, servicers and suppliers coast-to-coast. And natural gas fueling pays into the federal highway trust fund,” said Gage in his testimony. “As this committee looks to address serious clean air and climate change issues, we encourage it to adopt an “all of the above” approach that includes increased use of biomethane as a transportation fuel.”
Gage highlighted the urgency of change, stating “134 million Americans live in neighbourhoods with dangerously dirty air” and identifying heavy-duty trucks and buses as the dominant source of urban emissions. “74% of heavy duty trucks on America’s roads today are not certified to the latest EPA emission standard — 3 out of every 4 trucks. And the average age of a Class 6 box truck making neighbourhood deliveries today is 20.3 years old.”
A solution is already to hand, Gage points out, manufactured in New York State: “the cleanest heavy-duty engine in the world runs on natural gas. And this proven, Ultra Low NOx commercially-available engine is manufactured in Jamestown, New York. That engine is 90% cleaner than the current EPA and California Air Resources Board standard and 90% cleaner than the cleanest new diesel engine. It is a Zero Emission Equivalent vehicle providing essentially Zero Now heavy-duty technology.”
The full text of the letter and signee list can be found here: http://bit.ly/GageNYTestimony
NGVAmerica is a national organization of over 200 companies, environmental groups, and government organizations dedicated to the development of a growing, profitable, and sustainable market for vehicles powered by natural gas or biomethane. NGVAmerica member companies produce, distribute, and market natural gas and biomethane across North America, manufacture and service natural gas vehicles, engines, and equipment, and operate fleets powered by clean-burning gaseous fuels. Find out more at: www.ngvamerica.org.