Southern California Gas Co. announced Thursday it will convert 200 new Ford F-250 service pickup trucks to run on renewable natural gas, a renewable form of energy produced from a variety of waste streams.

Outfitting the service trucks with a California Air Resource Board certified ultra-low emissions vehicles system by Landi Renzo USA is expected to reduce more than 2,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalent per year, which is equivalent to taking 1,800 passenger vehicles off the road for one year.

With the addition of the 200 new net-zero emissions service trucks, nearly 40% of SoCalGas’ service vehicles will run on clean fuels, according to the utility. The fleet conversion is expected to be complete by the end of the year.

“This project is one of the many decarbonizing initiatives we’re implementing here at SoCalGas as we continue to move towards a net zero future,” said Sandra Hrna, vice president of supply chain and operations support. “In order to achieve our sustainability goals, we work to build strong relationships with innovative partners to help us continue delivering technologies to further decarbonize the transportation sector.”

Putting more clean trucks on the road is a key part of SoCalGas’ commitment to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions in its operations and delivery of energy by 2045.

RNG is a renewable form of energy produced from the waste streams at dairy farms, wastewater treatment plants, landfills and other sources. Depending on its source, RNG can be carbon negative, meaning it avoids more emissions than it emits when produced and used as a fuel. Capturing the methane from these waste sources and converting it into RNG keeps greenhouse gas emissions with high global warming potential from entering the atmosphere and reduces the use of fossil fuels.

Landi Renzo USA is partnering with two local companies on the conversion project — Phenix Truck Body and CTEC Truck Body. The Landi Renzo Eco Ready CNG system is designed and engineered from the base Ford 6.2L engine in a partnership between Landi Renzo USA and Ford Motor Co.

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