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  • DATVF.VEU
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  • DATVF.VNU
    1.444
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  • DATVF.VSU
    1.181
    -0.068
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  • DATVF.VWU
    1.553
    0.038
    2.5%
  • ITVI.USA
    9,385.190
    -18.330
    -0.2%
  • OTRI.USA
    6.800
    -0.320
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  • OTVI.USA
    9,385.780
    -15.500
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  • TLT.USA
    2.740
    0.000
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  • WAIT.USA
    156.000
    -2.000
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  • DATVF.ATLPHL
    1.743
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  • DATVF.CHIATL
    1.978
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  • DATVF.DALLAX
    0.916
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  • DATVF.LAXDAL
    1.446
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  • DATVF.VEU
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  • DATVF.VNU
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  • DATVF.VWU
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  • ITVI.USA
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  • OTRI.USA
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FuelSustainabilityTrucking

UPS is converting ground fleets to renewable natural gas

UPS (NYSE: UPS) purchased 170 million gallon equivalents of renewable natural gas (RNG) to use between 2020 and 2026. Since 2014, UPS ground fleets consumed 28 million gallons of RNG. In order to consume what was purchased, it must annually use close to the total consumed gallons of RNG from the last five years. 

UPS’ goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 12% in its ground fleets by 2025. Drivers will be able to get RNG from the following locations: Phoenix; Commerce City and Trinidad, CO; Atlanta and Tifton, GA; Kansas City, KS; New Orleans, Port Allen and Shreveport, LA; Omaha, NE; Sparks, NV; Oklahoma City; Chattanooga, TN; El Paso, Fort Worth and San Antonio, TX; and Salt Lake City.

This comes a year after a large purchase of compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles — 400 tractors and 330 terminal trucks. The purchase occurred with the intention of converting the liquified natural gas (LNG) and CNG fleets to RNG, forcing the development of the infrastructure, including additional pipelines to increase pipeline capacity of natural gas. 

Renewable natural gas can be carried the same way as CNG and LNG through the same pipelines. It also requires no change to any existing infrastructure. 

Natural gas consumption (NGCON.TRAN) is on the rise as fleets begin driving change to reduce emissions and long-term costs since diesel costs more. Natural gas is more widely available than other alternative fuels, which means that despite the upfront costs of new vehicles that run on natural gas, it is far more convenient than retrofitting the fuel tank for biodiesel and having very few fueling options outside of California. 

SONAR: NGCON.TRAN, TRANG.USA

Natural gas fleets are just one of the sustainability solutions being made by UPS. The sustainability solutions include electric-assist cargo bikes and tricycles, smart access devices to complete more first attempt deliveries, hybrid vehicles, electric vehicles and natural gas powered vehicles. UPS has invested more than $1 billion in sustainability efforts across the world since 2009. 

LNG and CNG are extracted from fracking sites, especially in sites where oil is drilled. The decomposition of waste produces methane, which is used in RNG. When a landfill is sealed, it traps the methane gas, which is pumped out and transferred via pipeline. This is far more sustainable than allowing the gas to release into the atmosphere as it is 25 times more damaging to the ozone than carbon dioxide. 

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Dean Croke, Chief Analytics Officer, FreightWaves

Prior to FreightWaves, Dean lead Data Science teams at Omnitracs Analytics, FleetRisk Advisors and Spireon in addition to heading up Lancer’s long-haul truck insurance business. He has a strong trucking background in trucking operations, vehicle telematics, data science, business intelligence, data analytics, 24/7 workplace scheduling and human physiology. After pioneering the deployment of the trucking industry’s first predictive models in the mid-2000’s as one of the founders of FleetRisk Advisors, he has developed a specialty in creating operational insights in freight markets using vast data sets and visualization tools to operationalize data. Dean has a Bachelor of Business in Transport and Logistics. Dean’s trucking experience also extends to his days as an over-the-road driver in his native country Australia where in the process of covering over two million miles, he owned and operated some of the largest “road trains” in the world. He was also General Manager of the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) where he played a key role in the development of the TruckSafe and Fatigue Management Program – both alternative compliance programs which have been cited in the FMCSA’s recent “Beyond Compliance” initiative.
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