More than 503 million gallons of renewable natural gas (RNG) were produced in the US for transportation in 2020, according to new figures.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the data, showing a marked increase in RNG production for transport – up from 404 million gallons in 2019.
This increase can be tied to state and federal policies, such as the Renewable Fuel Standard and the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard that encourage the use of alternative sources of clean energy in transport.
As companies and consumers work to reduce their carbon footprint, RNG is a ‘compelling fuel option’ that can yield carbon-negative lifecycle emissions, according to the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas.
Johannes Escudero, CEO and executive director of the RNG Coalition, said: “Seeing this significant increase in a year as tumultuous as 2020, we look forward to the continued growth and use of RNG as not only a clean source of energy but also as an economic driver for local communities.
“The fact that RNG production continued to increase and thrive demonstrates the increasing importance of RNG as a valuable tool to decarbonise the transportation sector in the US.”