Long Beach to power vehicles with renewable natural gas

February 3, 2016. Long Beach (California) officials announced Tuesday that roughly 18 percent of its vehicle fleet will switch to renewable fuels such as natural gas and renewable diesel.

   “The shift to these renewable fuels is an important part of the city’s commitment to sustainability and greenhouse gas reductions,” Mayor Robert Garcia said in a written statement. “I’m proud that Long Beach has one of the greenest fleets in the United States.”

   A total of 393 vehicles will now be powered by renewable fuels, out of 2.185 vehicles in the city’s total fleet.

   The city recently began using renewable diesel, which costs the same as regular diesel, for trucks and equipment used for maintenance and transportation purposes.

   In 2003, Long Beach became the first city in the United States to use liquid natural gas for its street sweepers. In October, street sweepers and refuse trucks transitioned to using biomethane, or RNG, as a fuel source. This type of fuel recycles carbon that is already circulating in the environment.

   The switch to RNG is expected to save the city roughly $27.000 per year on its use of more than 826.000 gallons of LNG, thanks in part to California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard credits.

   By using renewable diesel and RNG, the city is looking at a potential reduction of more than 6.000 tons of carbon emissions per year.