Renewable Natural Gas achieves majority NGV motor fuel in the United States

NGVAmerica and RNG Coalition announced that 53% of all on-road fuel used in natural gas vehicles in calendar year 2020 was renewable natural gas.

April 18, 2021. NGVAmerica and Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition) announced that 53 percent of all on-road fuel used in natural gas vehicles in calendar year 2020 was renewable natural gas (RNG).

Captured above ground from organic material in agricultural, wastewater, landfill, or food waste, RNG can produce carbon-negative results when fueling on-road vehicles like short- and long-haul trucks, transit buses, and refuse and recycling collection vehicles.

RNG use as a transportation fuel grew 25 percent over 2019 volumes, increasing 267 percent over the last five years. NGVAmerica and RNG Coalition report that in 2020 a total of 646 million gallons (GGE) of natural gas were used as motor fuel. Of that, 345 million gallons (GGE) were from renewable sources.

“If we are going to have a meaningful and immediate impact on climate change and clean our urban air, we need cleaner trucks and buses on our roadways now. We can’t wait,” said Dan Gage, President of NGVAmerica. “RNG-fueled vehicles are the most immediate and cost-effective heavy-duty option when seeking to combat climate change and clear our air. Renewable Natural Gas fueled vehicles provide a proven and scalable net carbon negative / zero emission equivalent solution for commercial deployment today.”

“Renewable Natural Gas supply is growing,” said Johannes Escudero, CEO of Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas. “With 157 RNG production facilities transforming waste into fuel, and another 155 facilities on the way, we are increasingly able to affordably offer consumers the opportunity to decarbonize with RNG – the cleanest of any fuel available today.”

RNG use as a motor fuel in 2020 displaced 3.5 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e).

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