Fleets in Chicago saved 26.5 million gallons of petroleum with alternative fuels
The Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition (CACC) announced that in 2016 its member fleets displaced nearly 26.5 million gasoline-gallon equivalents (GGEs) of petroleum and reduced greenhouse-gas emissions by 230,000 tons thanks to the use of alternative fuel vehicles, including Autogas. This represents a 6% increase in fuel savings over 2015 and a 2% improvement in emissions.
“Our Clean Cities member fleets are going the extra mile when it comes to saving fuel and reducing emissions,” said Samantha Bingham, coordinator, Chicago Area Clean Cities. “We have fleets throughout the Chicago area using all types of green technologies, including Autogas vehicles. Their efforts help the environment and also are providing a solid return on investment.”
Members of CACC include companies such as United Parcel Service, Ozinga and Alpha Baking Company, which are currently using cleaner vehicles. Alpha Baking Company, for example operates 28 clean-burning LPG-powered trucks and five electric trucks in its fleet that service the Chicago area.
“The actions of our local fleets make an impact,” said John Walton, chairman, Chicago Area Clean Cities. “When you calculate this nationally, with the efforts of other Clean Cities coalitions around the country, reductions in fuel usage and lowered emissions really add up. The trend towards using more efficient vehicles and alternative fuels continues, despite gas prices being lower than their peak.”
“We admire the work of the businesses and government agencies in our region that are taking steps to ‘go green’ with their fleets,” Bingham added. “They are providing a community service by improving air quality and reducing our country’s dependence on imported petroleum.”
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