Waste Management opened its newest compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling facility in Cranston and announced the launch of 48 natural gas-powered collection vehicles to serve municipalities and customers across the state.
The Cranston CNG fueling operation – the first such facility to be opened by Waste Management in New England – is equipped with 80 slow-fill bays and one fast-fill pump. It will support Waste Management’s cleaner, greener collection fleet serving the cities of Cranston, Providence and Woonsocket as well as other communities and commercial customers in the region.
Waste Management invested $16 million in the 48 new natural gas-powered trucks and $2.8 million in development of the CNG fueling facility. WM operates 32 CNG fueling stations in North America with plans to have nearly 45 operational by the end of 2012.
State and local officials and National Grid executives joined Waste Management for the opening event.
“Waste Management is embracing clean fuel technology as part of our commitment to achieving a zero emissions future,” said Chris DeSantis, Area Vice President, New England and New York, Waste Management. “We are committed to transitioning our diesel fleet to CNG, with 80 percent of our new trucks being CNG fueled. The rollout of natural gas-powered trucks in Rhode Island and the opening of our first CNG fueling facility in New England are the latest steps forward in this initiative.”
The CNG-powered trucks will contribute to a smaller carbon footprint, reducing air particulate emissions by up to 90 percent and lowering greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent. For each truck replaced with CNG, the use of diesel fuel is reduced by an average of 8,000 gallons per year, delivering a reduction of 22 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. The trucks also run much quieter than traditional diesel engines, improving the quality of life in the communities Waste Management serves.
“Introducing CNG trucks is an important part of Waste Management’s long-term sustainability strategy to reduce emissions by 15 percent and increase fuel efficiency by 15 percent by 2020,” said DeSantis.
In addition to expanding the use of natural gas-fueled vehicles, Waste Management is working to make its routes and fleets more efficient, resulting in fewer miles driven and fewer emissions. The company has implemented route optimization software that will reduce driving time by several million hours each year. And all truck engines are programmed to shut down automatically after idling for five minutes to save fuel and further reduce emissions.
WM received the 2011 NGV Achievement Award for efforts to advance natural gas as a vehicular fuel and was honored by Energy Vision with a Corporate Leadership Award for expanding the use of CNG-fueled trucks.