Case studies compare fuel technologies

UPS, PepsiCo, and IKEA have released case studies on fuel technology pilots in their road fleets to facilitate the uptake of clean fuel technology and to reduce harmful emissions from road freight transport.

Published by global nonprofit BSR as part of its Future of Fuels initiative, the Case Study Library will for the first time allow fleet owners to compare clean fuel technologies that have been independently tested and rated by peer companies in a standardized format.

Covering fuel technologies including biodiesel, compressed natural gas and electric vehicles, the case studies suggest that there are fewer and fewer operational barriers to implementing new fuel technologies. All five of the initial case studies led to the pilot technology being introduced into the fleet.

“Advanced alternative fuels like renewable diesel are an important part of our strategy to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions impact of our fleet,” said Patrick Browne, director of global sustainability for UPS. “Renewable diesel has a huge impact as it significantly reduces lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions, performs well in cold weather, doesn’t have any blending limitations and can be easily ‘dropped in’ to our fuel supply chain without modifications to our existing diesel trucks and equipment.”

The Case Study Library complements the Fuel Sustainability Tool (available free) developed by the Future of Fuels group in 2016 as the world’s first apples-to-apples way to compare emissions reductions from investments in efficiency and the advanced fuel technologies entering the market. It also builds on the Sustainable Fuel Buyers Principles, through which companies demonstrate demand and catalyze partnerships needed to drive a sustainable transition in the freight fuel system. Sixteen companies have signed the Principles to date.

Email Nate Springer at [email protected] or phone 562-686-2446 for more details.

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