Report: It’s Time for NYC to Do Away With Diesel and Switch to RNG

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), including Energy Vision, the New York League of Conservation Voters and WE ACT for Environmental Justice, are calling on New York City to stop buying heavy-duty diesel vehicles for its municipal fleets and to adopt alternatives that are available today.

Specifically, they are asking the city and Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to take the following actions:

  • Stop allocating funds for the purchase of new heavy-duty diesel trucks and MTA diesel buses;
  • Focus new heavy-duty vehicle purchases on the best diesel alternatives, such as electric vehicles or renewable natural gas (RNG) vehicles; and
  • Make the necessary capital expenditures on infrastructure and fleet garage modifications to support implementation of these alternatives.

By Betsy Lillian, NGT News.

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Xebec Partners with Sapio Group on Biogas Plants

Under the agreement, Sapio is entering into a minimum purchase order commitment for multiple Xebec biogas upgrading plants for a total value of €33 million ($39 million)) to be delivered over three years.

Sapio Group is the largest industrial gas company in Italy with over 1,800 employees and revenues of over €500 million ($590 million). Its business model includes the production and distribution of bio-liquefied natural gas (bio-LNG) throughout Italy.

Via Renewable Energy Magazine.

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First of 106 new Compressed Natural Gas buses in Surrey this week

TRANSLINK on Tuesday announced that the first of 106 new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses have arrived and will begin serving customers on Surrey streets this week, with full roll out of the new clean energy buses by the end of the year.

Once all the new buses are in service, it will mean more than half the 209 buses in the Surrey fleet will be new, providing a better customer experience.

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RNG Stakeholders Talk Renewable Fuels With Lawmakers

By Betsy Lillian, NGT News.

Stakeholders from across the North American renewable natural gas (RNG) industry descended on Capitol Hill today for more than 65 meetings with federal lawmakers to communicate the importance of continuing to develop and grow the domestic supply of clean energy and renewable fuels in the U.S.

The 2018 RNG Summit, hosted by the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition), marks the sixth consecutive year that RNG industry representatives have coalesced in Washington, D.C., for the annual meetings, the group says.

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World Biogas Association touts benefits of AD in new report

The World Biogas Association (WBA) and C40 Cities have released a report, titled "Global Food Waste Management: An Implementation Guide For Cities," that aims to help policy makers in cities improve the management of food waste.

The report, which was presented to the mayor of Rotterdam on Wednesday, outlines for city leaders the sources and impact of food waste; how to prevent and collect food waste; an overview of treatment technologies; a detailed description of anaerobic digestion (AD) and its products; and policy recommendations, barriers and implementation of sustainable food waste management.

Policy recommendations include undertaking large-scale food waste awareness campaigns; requiring businesses to separately collect food waste' providing separate food waste collection containers to households; and requiring all food waste to be "used" or processed through animal feed, composting or AD.

By Kristin Musulin, Waste Dive.

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B.C. setting new greenhouse gas reduction targets

2020 target officially scrapped, now 40% reduction sought by 2030

By Tom Fletcher.

The B.C. NDP government has made official what the former B.C. Liberal government acknowledged three years ago – it’s not going to make its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by a third in 2020.

Environment Minister George Heyman introduced legislation Monday to set new targets: a 40 per cent cut by 2030 and 60 per cent by 2040. Those are compared to 2007 levels, the year before B.C. became the first province in Canada to levy a carbon tax on fuels, from coal to gasoline to natural gas.

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