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  1. Categories: Business, Environment

    New paths for natural gas

    Over the past several months, a lot of attention has been focused on natural gas emerging as a significant new transportation fuel. We’ve heard news about the trucking industry’s focus on converting their fleets to liquid natural gas (LNG), city bus systems beginning to make the switch, the automotive industry looking at LNG’s benefits, and hockey rinks all over Ontario making the conversion for their Zambonis.

    The fact that natural gas is abundant is one good reason for industries to take interest, but what is really raising eyebrows is how affordable and how much cleaner natural gas is as compared to other transport fuels. That’s why it’s no surprise to us that railway and marine transportation could be the next groups to adopt natural gas. Earlier in the year, BNSF Railway announced that it will be testing the use of liquid natural gas as a substitute for diesel fuel in its locomotives, with the goal of realizing a potential reduction in both fuel costs and emissions.

    What do you think of LNG being used as a transport fuel? Share your thoughts in the comments below. 

  2. Categories: Business, Environment

    Trucking industry shifting to natural gas from petroleum for the long haul.

    The trucking industry continues their work in making the switch to liquid natural gas (LNG) from petroleum. Cummins, a leading engine manufacturer, began shipping big, new engines that will make long runs on LNG possible. This is a great step forward for the trucking industry. LNG is cheaper and saves truckers as much as $0.40 USD per litre vs. petroleum. Natural gas is also a clean-burning fuel, which lessens its impact on our environment, as well as making it easier for trucks to meet emissions standards. As consumers, we should take note because this switch could mean a lot for our wallets and our air.

    While much of what we just mentioned is happening quickly in the USA, LNG trucking is gaining traction internationally, especially in Europe and here in Canada. Roe C. East, general manager of the natural gas business at Cummins, expects natural gas to capture as much as 10 per cent of the heavy-duty truck market in North America in the next five years. Procter & Gamble, a company who are very mindful of fuel costs and green credentials, are turning to companies with LNG trucks in their fleet. Even brand-name manufacturers like Nike and Walmart are pressing for their goods to be shipped using natural gas vehicles, leading companies like UPS, FedEx and Ryder Systems to explore the LNG option. As one example, UPS plans to announce that they will be expanding their natural gas fleet of heavy 18-wheel vehicles to 800, up from 112, by 2014.

    What do you think of the trucking industry switching to liquid natural gas? Let us know in the comment section below. 

  3. Categories: Business

    The Trucking Industry Will Run On Momentum

    The undeniable economic benefits of switching to natural gas have come to the trucking industry. One need only look at top engine maker Cummins, now shipping new, long-run, natural gas models. Vehicle manufacturers like Navistar and Volvo have plans to offer long-haul natural gas-powered vehicles. Fuel stations across North America stand ready to service LNG (liquefied natural gas) vehicles. And companies everywhere (like Nike and Walmart) are not only turning to natural gas with the aim to reduce costs, they’re looking to boost their green credentials.

    But when those who make shipping their business jump on board, that’s a sure sign of a true paradigm shift. By the end of 2014, United Parcel Service (UPS) will be expanding its heavy, 18-wheel fleet with 800 LNG vehicles (utilizing the aforementioned Cummins engines). UPS hopes LNG vehicles will make up most of its new heavy vehicle acquisitions over the next two years.

    Chief sustainability officer for UPS, Scott Wicker, hopes his company’s actions will “…pave the way and others will follow.” The industry as a whole has a long way to go – with eight million existing heavy and medium-weight trucks running on diesel. Wicker added, “Moving into LNG is… the right step for us, for our customers and for our planet.”

    UPS will enjoy lower fuel costs – saving as much as $0.40 per litre (or 19-25 per cent per kilometer over diesel).

    Of course shorter-haul municipal vehicles, like buses for transit and garbage trucks, have been enjoying the benefits of natural gas for years.

    Do you think the lower cost of shipping will be passed down to consumers? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.



    Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/23/business/energy-environment/natural-gas-use-in-long-haul-trucks-expected-to-rise.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&