Catalina Pacific®, a CalPortland Company has launched the first part of its Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) powered concrete mixer truck fleet, which will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) and smog-causing emissions in Southern California. The company commissioned 118 new “Near-Zero Emission” concrete mixer trucks to be in operation by the end of 2017.
Catalina Pacific is firmly on the Road to Zero (Emissions) by implementing the latest in clean engine technology. Fifty-two Kenworth’s T880S mixers containing the ISL G Near Zero Cummins Westport engine are currently serving the market in the greater Los Angeles area.
“Catalina Pacific’s transition to a fleet of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueled low-NOx engine mixers contributes to the attainment of greenhouse gas and NOx reduction goals set forth by the California Legislature, the California Air Resources Board, and other regional and local agencies,” said Allen Hamblen, President/CEO of CalPortland at the launch ceremony. “By selecting engines fueled by natural gas over diesel, Catalina Pacific continues to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to the environment, community, and the safety of our employees.”
“Nearly 100 years ago when Catalina Pacific was helping build the Coliseum, we did not see that air pollution and climate change would be one of the biggest threats to our existence,” stated State Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens). “As the California Legislature commits to build more homes and fix our roads, it is great to see a company like Catalina Pacific being a partner in the drive to clean truck technology.”
The Cummins Westport 9L Engine reduces GHG by 15 percent and NOx emissions by 90 percent (compared to a 2010 diesel engine). The 8.9 liter ISL G Near Zero is also compatible with Renewable Natural Gas (RNG), which allows for further reductions in GHG emissions and is noticeably quieter than a diesel engine.
The Kenworth T880S with the ISL G Near Zero emissions engine offers excellent payload capacity and maneuverability, due to its optimized set-forward axle layout, as well as reduced emissions from the engine. Compressed Natural Gas / Renewable Natural Gas has many advantages over conventional diesel fuel making it an attractive option for Catalina Pacific’s ready mix truck fleet.
McNeilus partnered with Kenworth to provide its 10-1/2 yard Bridgemaster® Transit mixer body and the company’s NGEN™ twin vertical compressed natural gas system – which offers customers an enhanced high capacity, low profile back-of-cab configuration – for the T880S mixers.
Catalina Pacific’s “clean fleet” vehicles will initially refuel at stations operated by RedeemTM by Clean Energy providing renewable natural gas (RNG) fuel made entirely from organic waste. The fuel is derived from biogenic methane that is naturally generated by the decomposition of organic waste at landfills and agricultural waste sources. Catalina Pacific is building privately owned fueling stations at two plant locations. These fueling stations are being developed by OZINGA Energy and are scheduled to begin operation in January 2018.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently presented the 2017 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award to CalPortland for its continued leadership in protecting our environment through superior energy efficiency achievements. This is the 13th consecutive recognition by U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR for CalPortland, a feat that has never been matched by any other U.S. building materials manufacturing company. CalPortland continues to identify opportunities to expand the use of alternative clean fuels as well as optimize energy efficiency through its Energy Management program.
Source: CalPortland Company