Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) has signed an agreement with Clean Energy Fuels Corp. This partnership calls for Clean Energy to provide AUS with its Redeem™ brand of biomethane. The AUS shuttle bus fleet has historically utilized alternative fuels: half of the fleet utilizes CNG, and the other half is powered by LPG. This year AUS started fueling half of its shuttle bus fleet with renewable natural gas, which will reduce its carbon footprint by approximately 20% at no extra cost to the airport.
“We’re very excited to partner with our provider Clean Energy to switch over to biomethane. This will have a significant impact on our carbon footprint and is a major step toward achieving our sustainability goals,” said B.J. Carpenter, sustainability program coordinator with AUS.
NGVs have been playing an active role at U.S. airports for over two decades, with more than 40 airports across the country running their ground transportation fleets on CNG. The benefits of fueling airport transportation vehicles with natural gas are clear: lower fuel costs compared to diesel, improved public health and air quality, reduced environmental impact from greenhouse gas, and increased U.S. energy independence.
“Switching to vehicles fueled with biomethane supports AUS’ commitment to sustainable and responsible transportation and we’re proud to be part of this initiative,” said Chad Lindholm, vice president, Clean Energy. “This is a prime example of an airport taking action to lessen the environmental impact of their shuttle fleet.”
Last year, AUS attained level 2 Carbon Accreditation in the Airports Council International’s program. This multi-step international program independently assesses and recognizes airports efforts to manage and reduce CO2 emissions. Austin-Bergstrom’s goal is to reach carbon neutrality this year.
Source: Clean Energy