April 11, 2016
This year’s Alternative Clean Transportation Expo is expected to draw more than 3,000 attendees, reflecting the growing use of NGVs in California fleets and increasing excitement over new near-zero-emission natural gas engines. The May 2–5 gathering in Long Beach will focus on the increasingly important role natural gas transportation plays in achieving sustainability goals set by both corporations and local governments.
“There are many different sessions for public and private fleets that will discuss how transportation fits into green strategies, especially zero-emission and near-zero-emission technologies,” said Erik Neandross, CEO of event organizer Gladstein, Neandross & Associates. He pointed out that the “game changing” 8.9-liter ISL G natural gas engine from Cummins Westport, which CARB certified at near-zero NOx emissions, is the “most viable near-zero-emission technology now and in the foreseeable future.”
ACT Expo 2016 will offer expert advice from leaders who have successfully implemented new heavy-duty natural gas engines, as well as workshops on emerging alternative fuel technologies, product launches and vehicle demonstrations, and partner events.
On Tuesday, GNA will present a half-day workshop that showcases the combination of RNG and the Cummins Westport 0.02 grams per brake horsepower-hour NOx ISL G engine. Wednesday sessions will describe the revolution natural gas engines have stoked in the refuse and goods movement sectors. And on Thursday, executives from companies including Coca-Cola, Walmart, and Unilever will profile their efforts to build sustainable fleets, which go beyond basic regulatory compliance.
Speakers will include Carlton Rose, president of global fleet maintenance and engineering for UPS; Paul Relis, senior vice president of CR&R Waste and Recycling Services; Steve Larsen, director of procurement and fuel at Ruan Transport; Benjamin Mandel, renewable energy policy advisory at the New York Mayor’s Office of Sustainability; and Marty DiFiore, head of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Transport.
“Experts will talk about the incredible progress we’ve seen in the market with the production, distribution, and use of RNG for transportation fuel. Also, several fleets will discuss their plans for investing in natural gas technology and fuel pathways,” said Neandross.
Additionally, several organizations are holding co-hosted events during ACT Expo, including the NGVAmerica Technical Forum, the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium Clean Cities Seminar, and the North American Council for Freight Efficiency Trucking Efficiency Workshop.
The full event agenda and registration information are available on the ACT Expo website.fleets, technology
Photo ©Westport Innovations, used by permission