130,000 Jobs & a $14-Billion Boost to California
Says Landmark Study Released at ACT Expo 2017
A new employment study indicates that the use of trucks fueled by RNG/renewable natural gas could create up to 130,000 new jobs and add $14 billion to California’s economy. The RNG Jobs Report was released jointly here today by the RNG Coalition/Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas and the CalNGVC/California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition.
A switch to RNG-fueled trucks could quickly help California achieve its air quality, greenhouse gas emissions, and climate change-related goals, the groups say. More than 95% of the trucks on California roads use petroleum-based diesel fuel and are a major source of particulate, NOx and GHG/greenhouse gas emissions.
In Southern California, they note, the heavy-duty trucking sector is the single largest source of NOx emissions, which combine with other pollutants to form both ground-level ozone and fine particulates.
‘A Wide Range of Health Impacts’
“Those pollutants are responsible for a wide range of health impacts from exacerbating asthma to premature deaths,” states today’s release, which notes that the ports and related goods-movement activity emit more than 35% of all smog-forming pollutants in the region.
“This study affirms what we have been advocating–increased production, deployment and utilization of RNG not only realizes significant benefits for our environment, but for our economy as well,” said RNG Coalition CEO Johannes Escudero. “Our industry is eager to develop new projects, create additional employment opportunities and supply the heavy-duty truck sector in California with renewable natural gas,” he said.
The two organizations maintain that for every job created through direct investment in the trucking and goods movement sector powered by California-produced RNG, two more jobs will be created. “These are high-paying jobs, with estimated labor income more than double California’s current median income,” they say.
The jobs and economic activity stem from increased opportunities for skilled workers in construction, fabrication, vehicle manufacturing, engineering services, waste management, and service industries.
“We recognize the importance of ensuring not only that we clean up our air,” said Cal NGVC president Thomas Lawson, “but that when evaluating alternative solutions, we also consider the impact on our economy.
ACT Expo 2018 – the next Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo – has been scheduled for April 30-May 3, 2018 – again at Southern California’s Long Beach Convention Center.
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Source: Fleets & Fuels at ACT Expo 2017 in Long Beach