UPS has put steps in place to supply its fleet for Memphis, Tenn. and Jackson, Miss. with an estimated 15 million diesel gallon gas equivalents of renewable natural gas (RNG) as part of a multiple-year agreement with Memphis Light, Gas and Water and Atmos Energy Marketing, LLC.
The deal is part of an initiative announced in 2015 by UPS to significantly expand its use of renewable natural gas fuel for transportation.
The company has a goal of driving one billion miles with its alternative fuels fleet, known as the Rolling Laboratory, by the end of 2017.
The RNG will fuel more than 140 heavy duty trucks in Memphis and Jackson, part of UPS’s natural gas fleet, which includes more than 3,800 medium and heavy duty vehicles worldwide. RNG, also known as biomethane, can be derived from many abundant and renewable sources, including decomposing organic waste in landfills, wastewater treatment and agriculture. It is then distributed through the natural gas pipeline system, making it available for use as liquefied natural gas (LNG) or compressed natural gas (CNG).