At the Green Transportation Summit and EXPO in Tacoma earlier this week, a group of Pacific Northwest businesses and nonprofits announced the launch of the Northwest Alliance for Clean Transportation.

Puget Sound Energy, NW Natural, Avista, and FortisBC are among the founding business members of the alliance. The Alliance’s mission is to promote natural gas vehicle use. Benefits of using natural gas vehicles include reducing air pollution and lowering carbon emissions.

“We are very excited about bringing news about NGVs to more people and businesses in the Northwest,” said Director of Policy and Operations at NW Alliance for Clean Transportation, Connor Reiten. “Reducing air pollution and carbon emissions are things we all can agree on.”

According to PSE, 43 percent of carbon emissions come from transportation, so reducing vehicle carbon emissions in fleet vehicles will help PSE achieve its goal of reducing its carbon footprint by 50 percent by 2040.  In addition to reducing carbon emissions and air pollution, fueling NGVs also costs less than traditional vehicles.

“Natural gas is a great low-emissions alternative to diesel delivery trucks, trash haulers, school buses, and long-haul trucks,” Reiten explained. “This technology offers the torque necessary to haul heavy loads, the environmental benefits needed to exceed nitrous oxide and particulate matter emissions requirements, and the low-cost fuel stock needed to make this a win-win.”

Another exciting development in NGV technology is renewable natural gas. RNG is collected from methane from waste treatment facilities, food processors, and cattle operations. It’s an even more environmentally friendly product than traditional natural gas. RNG is quickly becoming a popular choice for public transit companies and recycling and garbage fleets.