- Photo courtesy of UPS.

Photo courtesy of UPS.

UPS will continue to invest in renewable natural gas (RNG) fuels for its alt-fuel assets following a recent multi-year agreement signed by the company. 

UPS entered into multi-year renewable natural gas (RNG) agreements with Kinetrex Energy and TruStar Energy. Together, these two contracts will supply UPS with up to 80 million gallon equivalents (GEs) of RNG over the terms of the agreements.

“The use of RNG is a very important part of UPS’s strategy to increase alternative fuel consumption to be 40% of total ground fuel purchases by 2025,” said Mike Whitlatch, vice president of global energy and procurement, UPS. “We are using both liquid natural gas (LNG) and compressed natural gas (CNG) as bridging fuels to increase our use of RNG. This will have a measurable impact as RNG yields up to a 90% reduction in lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions when compared to conventional diesel. Using RNG is what will ultimately help UPS meet its 2025 sustainability goals.”

The Kinetrex contract will supply UPS with up to 52.5 million GEs of RNG over the life of the contract to be used in its tractor trailer vehicles throughout the Midwest. The RNG will be used to fuel UPS’s LNG-powered trucks in Chicago, Columbus, Indianapolis, St. Louis and Toledo. The TruStar Energy contract will supply UPS with up to 27.5 million GEs of RNG over the life of the contract to be used in California. The RNG will be used to fuel UPS’s CNG-powered trucks in both Visalia and Moreno Valley, Calif.     

These two new agreements build on a prior RNG contract in which UPS agreed to purchase 170 million gallons of RNG. Over the next seven years, UPS has agreed to purchase 250 million gallon equivalents of RNG total.

Additionally, UPS recently announced plans to purchase more than 6,000 natural gas-powered trucks through 2022.

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