August 14, 2020 12:15 PM, EDT

Portion of Anheuser-Busch Fleet to Use Renewable Natural Gas

Budweiser truckA Budweiser truck in Columbus, Ohio. (Kiichiro Sato/Associated Press)

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Anheuser-Busch is transitioning more than 180 Class 8 trucks, representing 30% of its dedicated fleet, to renewable natural gas.

The St. Louis-based brewer reported it plans to convert its entire longhaul dedicated fleet to renewable energy-powered trucks by 2025 and harness data and analytics to reduce empty miles within its routes — as well as reduce carbon emissions across its value chain by 25% in the same time frame.

The new trucks will include Agility Fuel Solution’s ProCab 175 CNG Fuel Systems.

Ingrid De Ryck, vice president of procurement and sustainability at Anheuser-Busch

De Ryck

“Innovation in the transportation sector is a massive opportunity for companies like ours, and we continuously strive to lead the industry by transporting every beer in the most sustainable way possible,” Ingrid De Ryck, vice president of procurement and sustainability, said in a release.

In 2014 and 2015, Anheuser-Busch converted 160 diesel-fueled trucks in Houston and St. Louis to fleets powered by compressed natural gas engines.

The two fleets are expected to travel more than 8.5 million miles each year, the company noted. By transitioning the trucks within these fleets to RNG provided by American Natural Gas and U.S. Gain, it expects to reduce its emissions by more than 70% compared with conventional diesel. That represents the equivalent of taking more than 66,000 passenger cars off the road or planting more than 8 million trees.

“Renewable natural gas is an affordable, clean and widely available alternative fuel,” said Ross Finlan, U.S. Gain business development manager. “And, because it’s produced from waste, RNG reduces reliance on fossil fuels.” — Transport Topics

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