Natural gas-powered vehicles have been playing an active role at U.S. airports for over two decades, with more than 40 airports across the country running their ground transportation fleets on compressed natural gas (CNG). The benefits of fueling airport transportation vehicles with natural gas are clear: lower fuel costs compared to diesel, improved public health and air quality, reduced greenhouse gas environmental impact, and increased U.S. energy independence.
An early adopter of natural gas vehicles (NGVs), the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) began transitioning its fleet away from diesel in the late 1990s. Today, 95 percent of DFW’s 317 airport vehicles are powered by CNG, including 187 shuttle buses, 120 fleet trucks and sedans, and various large service equipment vehicles. In 2016 alone, the airport reduced its petroleum use by three million gallons. Today, DFW has the distinction of being North America’s first carbon neutral airport and continues to pursue sustainability initiatives with a focus on cleaner and more cost-effective renewable fuel sources.
By Clean Energy Fuels.