Clean Energy, Amazon Expand RNG Fueling Locations

Online Retailer Pressed to Disclose Full Value-Chain Emissions
Clean Energy station fueling Amazon trucks in Romeoville, Ill.
The Clean Energy station in Romeoville, Ill., supplies Amazon trucks with low-carbon fuel. (Clean Energy Fuels Corp.)

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Clean Energy Fuels Corp. announced the opening of a renewable natural gas fueling station that will provide an anticipated 1.4 million gallons of the clean fuel annually for Inc. and other truck fleets in the greater Chicago area.

The Romeoville, Ill., station initially will fuel more than 100 Amazon trucks and is designed with sufficient fueling capacity to accommodate several hundred more trucks, according to the Newport Beach, Calif.-based company.

Amazon heavy-duty trucks already have fueled at more than 86 existing Clean Energy stations nationwide. Under the agreement announced last year, 17 additional Clean Energy-owned stations are slated to follow Romeoville, with several expected to open early in 2023.

Clean Energy noted it also is investing in the production of renewable natural gas with partners TotalEnergies and bp, at dairies throughout the Midwest. The RNG produced at these dairies and others around the country will flow into the Romeoville station and Clean Energy’s nationwide fueling infrastructure. The RNG digesters at dairies allow their owners to solve the problem of fugitive methane while realizing an additional revenue stream. Inc. ranks No. 19 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest private carriers in North America.



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In related news, Amalgamated Bank and Green Century Capital Management filed a shareholder resolution with Amazon requesting the company measure and disclose the emissions from its full-value chain, including from all products it sells. The resolution will be voted on at Amazon’s annual general meeting in May. Amalgamated Bank is being represented by As You Sow, a shareholder advocacy nonprofit.

According to As You Sow, while Amazon has stated a commitment to achieve net-zero emissions by 2040, it fails to include emissions for the products it sells beyond Amazon-branded products, which account for only 1% of product sales.

The nonprofit noted that by not disclosing the emissions from the vast majority of the products it sells, Amazon’s exposure to climate risk is much larger than its current emission disclosures capture.

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The nonprofit further noted Amazon’s peers, Target and Walmart, disclose emissions from all their product sales and have adopted the Science Based Targets initiative-approved goals for reducing their value-chain emissions.

“Amazon has not yet responded to the filing of the shareholder resolution, but it is not abnormal for a company to process the resolution for a while before reaching out to discuss it in more depth,” Daniel Stewart, As You Sow’s program manager for energy and climate, told TT on Dec. 19.