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Circle K to expand California RNG offering

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Major US convenience store brand Circle K has partnered with Musket and Trillium to expand sustainable trucking options in California, using RNG.

A 2020 supply partnership between Circle K and Musket, which specialises in commodity supply, trading and logistics, created a joint purchasing agreement and allowed Circle K to rapidly grow its fleet, maximising fuel sourcing flexibility.

Expanding on that relationship, Trillium, a renewable fuels provider, and Circle K announced on 2 June that they have entered into an agreement in which Trillium will provide RNG to Circle K’s in-house trucking fleet in California.

The partnership will allow for improved daily efficiency and for Circle K to lower its fleet’s emissions through the consumption of ultra-low carbon RNG sourced from dairy facilities.

“We’re projecting significant carbon and tailpipe emissions reductions through this initial rollout of Circle K’s CNG trucks in southern California,” said JP Fjeld-Hansen, vice president of Trillium and Musket.

“The fact that we’ve incorporated an ESG initiative into a refined products-based business venture speaks to the creativity and flexibility of team members on both sides of the equation.”

For every gallon of RNG used by Circle K’s fleet, the equivalent of five gallons of greenhouse gas emissions is removed from the atmosphere when compared to traditional diesel.

Louise Warner, senior vice-president of global fuels for Alimentation Couche-Tard, which owns and operates Circle K, commented: “We’re excited about this opportunity to further our partnership with Musket and Trillium.

“It is a notable step as part of our sustainability journey. Through practical changes in our supply chain, we are on the path to deliver on our commitments as a global leader in convenience and fuel and reduce the environmental footprint of our operations.”