North American natural gas supplier Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has been contracted to supply Redeem™ renewable natural gas (RNG) to intermodal trucking company Overseas Freight as part of an emissions reduction initiative in the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.
In preparation for upcoming regulations outlined in the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP), Overseas Freight obtained Prop 1B ** funding for five Kenworth T680 trucks outfitted with the new Cummins-Westport (CWI) near-zero ISX12N natural gas engine, which achieves the lowest emission levels in North America while delivering diesel caliber performance with reliability and durability. The ISX12N is certified by California Air Resources Board (CARB) to reduce smog-forming NOx emissions by 90 percent compared to the current engine standard.
“America Lung Association State of the Air Report cited Los Angeles and Long Beach with having the worst air quality in the state. Overseas Freight is taking a positive step forward in reducing air pollution in the region by deploying the cleanest truck technology that can be easily and economically adopted,” said Greg Roche, vice president, Clean Energy.
Overseas Freight has contracted for RNG fuel through the Clean Energy Redeem $1 Deal, which guarantees a fixed fuel price of one dollar per gallon for a year. Redeem allows customers to achieve a reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 70 percent versus diesel. Organically sourced from dairy and landfill waste, Redeem is the cleanest commercially available fuel for trucking, with some RNG sources even reducing GHG emissions by over 100 percent.
“We’re pleased to be part of an effort to help improve air quality in the LA and Long Beach ports and support CAAP in fostering more sustainable freight movement,” said Joseph Wang, president and CEO, Overseas Freight. “Clean Energy has been a good partner for years and we are excited to use Redeem at a price far below diesel. South Coast AQMD made this project possible with vital grant funding and we deeply appreciate their support.”
“The twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are vital economic engines for this region, but at the same time are the largest source of air pollution in Southern California,” said Wayne Nastri, executive officer, South Coast Air Quality Management District. “We applaud Overseas Freight for adopting a near-zero natural gas solution and AQMD is proud to support the effort with Prop 1B grant funding.”
** The $1 billion Proposition 1B: Goods Movement Emission Reduction Program (Program) is a partnership between the State Air Resources Board (ARB) and local agencies (like air districts and seaports) to quickly reduce air pollution emissions and health risk from freight movement along California’s trade corridors. Local agencies apply to ARB for funding, then those agencies offer financial incentives to owners of equipment used in freight movement to upgrade to cleaner technologies. Projects funded under this Program must achieve early or extra emission reductions not otherwise required by law or regulation.
According to Clean Energy Fuels, applicants must have registered and operated a 2009 or older diesel truck in California for the last 2 years to qualify.