California continues to advance clean energy technologies, moving toward the goal of reducing air pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, by way of strict air quality regulations. The construction industry is certainly not immune to air quality regulations and therefore we are taking charge of our future by investing in “clean air” technology that will provide benefits to our company, customers, and the residents of and visitors to California for generations into the future. This investment further demonstrates our commitment to help do our share in reducing GHG’s and NOx.
The transition by Catalina Pacific®, a CalPortland® Company, to a fleet of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueled low-NOx mixers contributes to the attainment of GHG and NOx reduction goals set forth by the California Legislature, the California Air Resources Board, and other regional and local agencies. Catalina Pacific is proud to lead the industry into “quiet” near zero emission vehicles and technologies in California.
Catalina Pacific is firmly on the Road to Zero (Near Zero Emissions) by implementing the latest in clean engine technology. Kenworth’s T880S mixers containing the ISL G Near Zero Cummins Westport 9L Engine reduces GHG by 15% and NOx emissions by 90% (compared to a 2010 diesel engine). The 8.9 liter ISL G Near Zero is also compatible with Renewable Natural Gas which allows for further reductions in GHG emissions.
A partnership between McNeilus and Kenworth resulted in the 10-1/2 yard Bridgemaster Transit Mixer body and the company’s NGEN twin vertical compressed natural gas system which provides an enhanced high capacity, low profile back-of-cab configuration. Using CNG in this manner will reduce Catalina Pacific’s overall truck operational and maintenance costs, and provides superior vehicle performance prolonging the life of the vehicles.
Catalina Pacific is looking towards a “greener” future with a fleet of CNG and/or Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) powered vehicles operating in southern California. Preferring engines fueled by natural gas over diesel, Catalina Pacific continues to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to the environment, community, and the safety of our employees.
Compressed Natural Gas / Renewable Natural Gas has many advantages over conventional diesel fuel, making it an attractive option for Catalina Pacific. The initial rollout will commission one hundred eighteen (118) new mixers into service in the Greater Los Angeles area beginning in September 2017. Vehicles will initially refuel at stations provided by Clean Energy while company fueling stations are being developed by OZINGA Energy.
- CNG vehicles are environmentally friendly reducing GHG emissions by 20%-80% vs. “clean”diesel technology. CNG immediately lowers carbon, Sulphur, NOx and particulate matter emissions.
- CNG Vehicles run 90% quieter than common engines, creating less noise pollution and improving air quality where we operate.
- CNG is a domestically produced product, encouraging less reliance on imported energy sources further reducing our carbon footprint.
- CNG is a greener, cleaner burning, and lower carbon fuel than petroleum based fuels. CNG gives off little to no emissions while refueling, making it safer for the operator and the environment.
- California Air Resources Board (CARB)’s goal is to reduce GHG emissions 80% by 2050. Renewable Natural Gas is the only near-zero carbon fuel that could meet this future regulation. Catalina Pacific’s ready mix trucks, fueled by natural gas are recognized by CARB as a method of reducing GHG emissions.
The Road to Zero Emissions will be successfully navigated by Catalina Pacific’s new ready mix truck fleet thanks to the collaboration with innovative and forward-thinking partners like Kenworth, Cummins Westport, McNeilus, OZINGA Energy and Clean Energy. It is estimated that Catalina Pacific will reduce its annual emission of CO2 by 7,435 metric tons which is equivalent to planting 190,354 trees or removing 1,569 vehicles from the road.