[NEWS] UPS Signs Biogas Deal for 10 Million Gallons Per Year
– Alyssa Danigelis, November 21, 2017, Energy Manager Today
UPS signed a deal this week with Environmental Energy LLC subsidiary Big Ox Energy to buy 10 million gallon equivalents of renewable natural gas annually through 2024. It’s the largest investment that UPS has made in this type of biogas.
RNG, also called biomethane or biogas, can be produced from renewable sources such as decomposing organic waste from landfills, agricultural facilities, and wastewater treatment facilities. Once produced, RNG can be distributed through natural gas pipelines, UPS says, so that it becomes available for use as liquefied natural gas (LNG) or compressed natural gas (CNG).
Last year, UPS used 61 million gallons of natural gas total for its ground fleet. Of that, 4.6 million gallons were RNG. This year, UPS expects the amount of RNG used to top 14 million gallons. Compared to conventional diesel, RNG yields as high as a 90% reduction in lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions, according to UPS.