Several shippers and carriers outlined their companies’ strategies for adopting natural gas during a panel discussion at the ACTExpo in California.
The transportation sourcing and operations leader of Owens Corning said his company is trying to work with more carriers who use vehicles that run on natural gas. They perceive this move as a way to act sustainably and “reduce dependence on foreign oil”, but also as a way to save money. According to Uncapher, natural gas prices are projected to be relatively stable over the next few years.
Owens Corning is offering its carrier partners contracts between three and five years if they agree to switch to natural gas.
Sometimes shippers are also being involved in the process. For example, Sheehy Mail Contractors now uses USPS’ service for mail distribution. Representatives of Sheehy Mail Contractors “met with the Post Master General in September 2012 to figure out how to work with USPS to use natural gas”.
In January last year “an agreement was struck in terms of how carriers could share in the fuel savings in order to invest in natural gas equipment, creating a win-win situation.”
Read the full article at the Commercial Carrier Journal.