Company’s 100th Natural Gas Fueling Facility Opens,
Helping Support a Fleet of 6,000 Natural Gas Trucks
Waste Management celebrated the opening of its 100th natural gas fueling station yesterday in Oklahoma City, and “also celebrated a significant milestone of operating 6,000 natural gas trucks, which is the largest heavy-duty fleet of its kind in North America.” updated August 10
The company celebrated its 1,000th natural gas truck six years ago in Carson, Calif. It opened its 50th natural gas fueling station in 2013.
“Waste Management’s mission is to maximize resource value, while minimizing environmental impact so that our customers, our company, our economy and our environment can thrive,” company executive VP and COO Jim Trevathan said in yesterday’s announcement.
Beating Its Own Goal
“Today’s milestone is certainly a stellar example of this,” he said, “and we plan to do even more.”
Waste Management has used natural gas in its fleet since the early 1990s. The firm wanted to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and improve the efficiency of its on-road fleet by 15% by 2020 (based on 2007 levels), and met that goal in 2011.
“With the increasing adoption of natural gas vehicles,” states the milestone release, “the company continues to exceed this goal each year.”
Rolling Its Own
“Waste Management invests in building our own fueling infrastructure to refuel our vehicles, while making CNG available to other commercial fleets and individuals,” said corporate fleet director Marty Tufte.
Of the 100 Waste Management natural gas fueling facilities, 25 are open to the public. The company says it builds the stations, which it owns and operates, purchases the fuel, and finances the construction.
While the overwhelming majority of Waste Management’s natural gas vehicles are CNG-fueled, the company retains approximately 380 LNG/liquefied natural gas-fueled trucks.
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