February 24, 2016
Long Beach, Ca

The Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV) Industry Summit in Long Beach, California on February 24, 2016 drew nearly 200 executives from the natural gas industry to discuss critical selling strategies and tools to sell the environmental value proposition of HD NGVs in today’s low oil price environment and to keep the sales momentum moving forward.

The recent development and commercialization of the ultra-low NOx Cummins Westport ISL G near-zero natural gas engine—combined with increased production and use of renewable natural gas (RNG)—is arguably the most important development for America’s HDV and air quality sectors in several decades. This technology-fuel combination can power a wide range of HDVs while offering the cleanest commercially available NGV technology in the market today and likely next decade or more.

Much of the content presented at the Summit was drawn from a technical white paper, entitled “Game Changer,” that is being developed by Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA) on behalf the South Coast Air Quality Management District, American Gas Association, California Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership, Southern California Gas Company, PG & E, Clean Energy Fuels, and Agility Fuel Systems. Once released, the white paper will provide a comprehensive overview of the important environmental benefits offered by today’s NGVs. It will be published in the spring 2016 and is anticipated to become an extremely important resource as our industry works to drive interest, momentum, and sales.

Key topics that were presented include:

  • The latest information on the exciting and critically important development of near zero emission HD natural gas engine technology and the significant increase in the use of RNG fuel throughout the United States.
  • A fact-based understanding of how these ultra-low NOx engines using RNG offer the lowest overall emission profile among all commercially available HDV technologies and fuels.
  • NAAQS and NOx:
    • The relationship between HD vehicles, NOx emissions, urban ozone challenges, EPA’s October 2015 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), and sales of HD NGVs.
    • Why and how federal, state and local funding sources should be directed towards HD NGV programs.
    • How to gain attention and secure policy and funding support for the NGV sector from elected officials and regulatory agency leadership.
  • Greenhouse gases (GHGs) and Short Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs):
    • Leveraging the two most important outcomes from the December Paris Climate Conference (COP21) to drive sales of NGVs and RNG.
    • The significance that HD NGVs already play today in mitigating global climate change.
    • How renewable natural gas fuels can reduce emissions even further in key markets.
    • That HD NGVs must play an increased role in America’s corporate sustainability plans, shipper/carrier relationships, and throughout municipal fleet operations (e.g., refuse, transit, and other public fleet applications).
  • Greenhouse gases (GHGs) and Short Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs):

If you did not attend this event and would like access to speaker presentations, please contact events@gladstein.org.