CalPortland Debuts ‘Near-Zero Emission’ Fleet

CalPortland has launched a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) powered bulk hauler truck fleet, which will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) and smog-causing emissions. The company commissioned 24 new “Near-Zero Emission” bulk hauler trucks that will transport cement to customers in Southern California.

The Kenworth T680 trucks will be fueled with Redeem by Clean Energy at a new private fueling hub located at CalPortland’s Oro Grande (Calif.) cement plant. Developed by Ozinga Energy, the fueling hub consist of 24 slow-fill stations and one fast-fill station. Redeem, a renewable natural gas vehicle fuel, is derived from biogenic methane that is naturally generated by the decomposition of organic waste at landfills and agricultural waste sources. Utilizing Redeem can reduce carbon emissions by at least 70% and up to 300%, depending upon the sources.

“In 2017 Catalina Pacific, a CalPortland company, commissioned 118 new ‘Near-Zero Emission’ concrete mixer trucks, serving the market in the greater Los Angeles area.” says Allen Hamblen, president/CEO of CalPortland. “By adding 24 cement bulk hauler trucks and a fueling center at our Oro Grande cement plant, CalPortland continues to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to achieving zero emissions through environmental stewardship and lowering our carbon footprint within the communities where we operate.”

CalPortland’s CNG bulk hauler fleet is being partly funded with a Prop 1B grant from the South Coast Air Quality Management District. Additionally, the fueling station project received grant funds from the Mobile Source Emission Reductions Program (AB 2766) through the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District.

CalPortland estimates a savings of nearly 10,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) annually by converting 24 diesel trucks to a CNG/RNG powered fleet.

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