Waste Management Wants Millennials to See the Good in Garbage

When you think of Waste Management (WM - Get Report) , you probably think about the big green truck coming to haul your trash off on trash day. 

But the company is more than just trash. 

John Morris, COO of Waste Management, talked to TheStreet about how the company is using technology to appeal to younger investors and how changing consumer trends have caused the company to rethink its balance sheet. 

By Katherine Ross, The Street

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91 Waste Management RNG Trucks to Join Seattle’s Solid Waste Pickup Fleet

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) has rolled out the City’s fossil fuel-free, primary collection fleet. The “Green Fleet” will be made up of close to 200 contractor trucks powered by electricity, renewable natural gas and renewable diesel. The Green Fleet, which includes 91 Waste Management trucks powered by renewable natural gas (RNG) – gas from garbage – will further establish Seattle as a model for US cities in combating climate change.

“Meeting our 2050 carbon-neutral goal will require creative thinking from every corner of our City. Our new Green Fleet at Seattle Public Utilities is another example of Seattle leading the world and taking bold action to protect our communities from the impacts of climate change,” said Mayor Jenny A. Durkan. “Vehicle emissions are the City’s number one contributor to our greenhouse gas emissions.”

By NGV Global News

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Report Projects Growing Demand for RNG from Transport Sector

A new report from Bates White Economic Consulting predicts that both supply and demand for renewable natural gas (RNG) in the U.S. transportation sector will grow rapidly over the next five years.

The report said the use of RNG in transportation grew to more than 300 million ethanol gallon equivalents last year, due in part to the federal Renewable Fuel Standard. The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition) presented the report to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and White House Office of Management and Budget during a meeting earlier this month.

By Neil Abt, Fleet Owner

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UK Network of Biomethane Fuel Stations In Development

Five new biomethane refuelling stations will be opening across the UK this year to provide renewable fuels for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs).

Solihull-based CNG Fuels will be constructing and operating the new fuel stations, to be part of a nationwide network of HGV stations aiming to cater for what the company describes as ‘soaring demand’ for access to biomethane, a renewable alternative to fossil fuel-derived compressed natural gas.

By Kate Dickinson, Resource

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Oregon's Cap-and-trade Bill Moving Toward Approval

Oregon’s carbon cap-and-trade proposal passed out of its legislative committee on a party-line vote Friday, May 17, setting it up as the next landmark piece of legislation to pass in the 2019 session.

It’s now one step closer to the desk of Gov. Kate Brown, who this week signed the Student Success Act into law. If cap-and-trade were to pass as well, it would give her two landmark wins within months of her re-election.

By Aubrey Wieber, Herald and News

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UPS Makes Largest Private Purchase Of Renewable Natural Gas Ever In The U.S.

UPS (NYSE: UPS) today announced an agreement with Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (NASDAQ: CLNE) to purchase 170 million gallon equivalents of renewable natural gas (RNG) through 2026. This is the largest commitment for use of RNG to date by any company in the United States, with a range of 22.5 - 25 million gallon equivalents per year. RNG is a key part of UPS’s strategy to increase alternative fuel consumption to be 40% of total ground fuel purchases by 2025, supporting the logistics leader’s efforts to reduce the absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of its ground fleet 12% by 2025. 
“The world has a trash problem. And the world has an emissions problem. Renewable natural gas, produced naturally from bio sources such as landfills and dairy farms, not only turns trash to gas, but it turns it into clean gas,” said Mike Casteel, UPS director of fleet procurement. “Since RNG is supported by existing national infrastructure used to transport natural gas, it’s a winning solution that will help UPS to reach our ambitious sustainability goals. At the same time, we hope our unprecedented seven-year commitment serves as a catalyst for wider adoption of RNG by other companies.”

By Global Newswire

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HAM Group Brings Online Third RNG Refueling Station from Wastewater in Spain

In Spain, HAM Group has designed, installed and commissioned its third HAMikro refueling station, which allows the refueling of biomethane obtained from wastewater treatment. The installation is located in the facilities of the municipal water service of Lleida and is formed by a fuel compression system, using a low flow compressor, a structure that allows the storage of biomethane in bottles high pressure and a pump that is responsible for supplying this source of energy to vehicles.

By Meghan Sapp, Biofuels Digest

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House Energy and Water Appropriations Report

House Republican appropriators are poised to push back against Democratic spending bills this week that would reorder the Trump administration's energy and environmental priorities.

The House Appropriations Committee will mark up the fiscal 2020 Energy and Water spending bill tomorrow, followed Wednesday by the Interior-EPA bill. Both measures are expected on the House floor in June.

While lawmakers held their fire on amendments at the subcommittee level, they are expected to offer plenty of proposed changes this week.

By E&E News

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Hitachi Zosen INOVA to Convert City of San Luis Obispo's Food Waste into Renewable Energy

The City of San Luis Obispo just relaunched it’s food scraps program.

It’s because people throw out food every day that could be used for other purposes.

“It was eye-opening when we started using the green bins how much food waste the restaurant goes through on a daily basis,” said Michael Avila, Novo Restaurant Executive Chef.

Just because it doesn’t taste good, doesn’t mean it can’t be put to good use.

Workers at Novo Restaurant in San Luis Obispo throw food scraps in their green bins.

It’s part of a citywide initiative to go green.


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