This month, Anheuser-Busch Inbev, America’s largest brewer, announced that they are converting 66 tractors over from diesel fuel to being powered with compressed natural gas (CNG) in an effort to reduce their carbon footprint and their environmental impact. This major decision is another in a growing list of large companies who are converting parts of their business to be run by natural gas.
Compressed natural gas reduces the carbon footprint
The decision to use compressed natural gas on the company’s part shows a commitment to make choices that better the environment. In addition to that, because CNG is available at less expensive prices than diesel, the company will save money while meeting their environmental goals to reduce their carbon emissions as a part of their “Seed to Sip” environmental initiative. According to company estimates, this new natural gas fleet is estimated “to reduce 2,000 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per year.” According to the Energy Information Administration CNG emits only 22% of America’s emissions while coal and petroleum give off a huge 88%. According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies calculator, one would have to drive 4,761,905 miles in the United States to release the amount of carbon being saved by this decision. Additionally, 2,000 tons of CO2 is equal to the emissions from 225,048 gallons of gasoline and takes take 1,639 acres of forest to be offset.
More companies making the switch to natural gas vehicles
In short, Anheuser Busch has now joined a growing list of large companies who are showing their commitment to the environment by making the natural gas switch. They now join companies like the UPS, Procter & Gamble, and Volvo (who now offer natural gas-powered trucks) as large companies who recognize the cost efficiency and environmental benefit of natural gas.