A new refueling station has opened in Hunts Point, offering renewable natural gas for trucks on the peninsula with a fraction of the emissions.
The host company, California-based Clean Energy Fuels Corp., says the new station is the city’s first to offer exclusively renewable natural gas (RNG) for medium- and heavy-duty vehicle fleets.
“A few blocks from here is Hunts Point Market, the largest food distribution center of its kind in the world, resulting in approximately 15,000 truck trips per day,” said Clean Energy’s vice president of sales, Chad Lindholm at a July 10 press conference. “This long-envisioned station will serve fleets operating in Hunts Point with a lower-cost alternative to diesel fuel that can lead to substantial reductions in truck-related pollution and greenhouse-gas emissions.”
The new fuel is called Redeem, and is derived from capturing biogenic methane emitted from decomposing organic materials at dairies, landfills and wastewater treatment plants. The company says the fuel enables at least a 70% reduction in carbon emissions when displacing diesel or gasoline, citing a study by the California Air Resources Board.
According to Clean Energy’s website, fueling 100 trucks on RNG can lower Greenhouse gases enough to equate to “planting 237,942 trees, removing 1,961 cars off the road or recycling 3,331 tons of waste that would otherwise be sent to the landfill.”
The Bronx commissioner for the city’s transportation department, Nivardo Lopez, hailed Hunts Point’s new addition.
“Natural gas trucks, particularly ones fueled by renewable natural gas, have a tremendously low carbon footprint, which is important for communities disproportionately affected by diesel emissions,” said Lopez. “The addition of this station now makes possible and plausible the transition of large portions of Hunts Point fleet industries to this cleaner, domestically produced fuel.”
Trucking fleets based on the peninsula that operate natural gas-powered trucks, including Baldor Specialty Foods, Manhattan Beer Distributors and U.S. Concrete, say they will use the fuel from the new supplier.
“The station provides the support we need to confidently upgrade our fleet to 100 percent CNG,” said Juan Corcino, director of fleet operations at Manhattan Beer Distributors.
Clean Energy also operates natural gas stations in in Brooklyn and at LaGuardia and JFK airports.