SYOSSET, N.Y.—Emerald announced its conversion to Penske Truck Leasing compressed natural gas (CNG) fueled trucks. Emerald’s New York based fleet will move to CNG this month, furthering Emerald’s mission of global conservation and mainstreaming sustainability.
Each year, Emerald drivers deliver thousands of tons of its alternatively sourced, sustainable products to clients around the country. This conversion will greatly reduce the company’s environmental footprint by lessening the amount of gas emissions released into the air as compared to traditional diesel fueled vehicles.
“We are always striving to discover new ways to help the environment and reduce our footprint, and the conversion to CNG fueled trucks was the next sustainable step for our company to help deliver our products to clients in the most environmentally friendly way possible,” said Emerald Brand Managing Director, Jaclyn McDuffey. “Penske Truck Leasing has been a great partner by offering options and guidance in this transition to greener vehicles.”
CNG Burns Efficiently
The use of CNG fueled trucks reduces the amount of harmful gas emissions into the atmosphere. CNG burns more efficiently, and emits significantly less carbon than traditional fossil fuels. CNG is domestically produced from natural gas and renewable biogas. The United States has a vast supply of natural gas reserves whereas diesel fuel is manufactured using oil, an already limited resource, of which nearly half is imported into the United States. Diesel engine emissions are known to have health risks and have the potential to be carcinogenic to humans.
“We salute Emerald Brand’s continuous effort to reduce their environmental footprint, and appreciate the confidence that they have placed in Penske to support their conversion from diesel powered vehicles to clean-burning natural gas powered vehicles,” said Matt Krasney, Penske Director of Fuel Strategy. “Their investment in these new vehicles is also an investment in the air quality of the towns in which their customers and associates live and breathe.”
Emerald’s CNG trucks will begin full operation this month with plans to refuel at local Clean Energy Fuels Corp compressed natural gas CNG stations.