US-based KeHE Distributors adds RNG trucks to its fleet

US company KeHE Distributors, a natural & organic, fresh and speciality distributor has partnered with Clean Energy Fuels to add renewable natural gas (RNG) trucks to its fleet.

KeHE will add the low-carbon emission trucks to its California fleet in 2020, replacing five diesel trucks. In doing so, KeHE hopes to reduce its carbon emissions by 674 tonnes, equivalent to planting 11,120 trees and recycling 235 tons of landfill waste.

Clean Energy Fuels' Redeem RNG is a clean, low-carbon alternative fuel derived from organic waste. According to the company, it has been proven to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 70% compared to diesel. Zero Now, an ultra-clean fuel and  engine combination developed by Clean Energy Fuels, helps to achieve zero emissions in the trucking sector.

Chris Sieburg, EVP of operations at KeHE, said: "As a certified B corporation and stewards of the environment, KeHE firmly believes in using our business as a force for good.

"Clean Energy's Zero Now has enabled us to make progress towards our new carbon reduction goals. By adding trucks fuelled with clean fuel to our fleet, we're able to sustainably deliver products in a way that aligns with our company's values. To make the kind of impact we're striving for, progress will be evolutionary. These are great first steps."

Each of the five new Kenworth compressed natural gas tractor trucks will travel around 90,000 miles annually, using approximately 15,000 gallons of RNG per truck per year. The shift to Kenworth's trucks will reduce the annual carbon emission comparable to removing 143 cars from the road.

"It made sense for us to partner with Kenworth, the number one driver-preferred truck in America, that has a long-standing relationship with Clean Energy," said Tom Harden, corporate equipment manager at KeHE.

According to Clean Energy's vice-president, Chad Lindholm, KeHE is a "prime example" of a fleet taking action to reduce its environmental impact. He said: "Switching to trucks fuelled with RNG supports KeHE's commitment to sustainable and responsible living because they create a clear pathway to the carbon-free distribution of natural and organic foods."

Laura McCord, KeHE's executive director of sustainability and corporate responsibility, added: "We're grateful for this opportunity to move the needle as part of our commitment to running a greener fleet.

"All drivers have the opportunity to make an environmental impact through the types of vehicles they choose to drive every day. With 284.5 million registered vehicles on the road in the US, we're encouraging more companies and consumers to rethink how they get around."

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