Converting to Natural Gas Fleet
The Mobile/Theodore Hauling operation of Waste Management North America converted its fleet of 13 trucks from diesel to compressed natural gas (CNG) as part of the corporation’s ongoing missions to create a near-zero emissions collection fleet across the continent. Waste Management has the largest fleet of natural gas vehicles in the industry, and is a pioneer in the use of natural gas since the early 1990’s.
The transformation has significant environmental impacts. Fleet vehicles powered by CNG emit nearly zero particulate emissions, cut greenhouse gas emissions by 15 percent, and are significantly quieter than diesel trucks.
“The CNG-fueled trucks at Mobile/Theodore will reduce local greenhouse gas emissions by over 280 metric tons of CO2 equivalents annually,” said Mike Finley, District Operations Manager for Waste Management of Mobile/Theodore. “Natural gas-fueled trucks are also approximately 50 percent quieter than diesel and cut smog-producing nitrogen oxide emissions by up to 50 percent compared with the cleanest diesel trucks.”
The use of diesel fuel is reduced by an average of 8,000 gallons per year per truck for each diesel truck replaced with a natural gas-fueled vehicle. The cost savings and reduction in greenhouse gases is a win for business and the planet.