CEMEX USA has added 38 low-emission natural gas-powered concrete trucks to its fleet in southern California.
The move is part of the company’s efforts to achieve carbon neutrality throughout its value chain by 2050.
The new fleet includes 30 ready-mix and eight tractor Peterbilt trucks powered by low emission compressed natural gas (CNG) or renewable natural gas (RNG).
The new fleet is expected to help CEMEX reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Southern California by approximately 24,000 pounds (910,886 kg) each year.
The purchase of the low emission truck is supported by grants from the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD), as part of California’s Proposition 1B Goods Movement Emission Reduction Program.
The grants amount to $100,000 ($145,231) per truck.
The programme encourages the replacement of older, in-use diesel equipment with lower emission options.
As per the grant conditions, CEMEX will retire and dismantle an equal number of older diesel-powered vehicles.
“CEMEX is closely examining all of our operations to search for additional opportunities where we can cut emissions and continue to be part of the solution to prevent climate change,” CEMEX USA president Jaime Muguiro said.
“We are exploring the use of alternative and low-emission fuels throughout our value chain, so we can continue to create a positive impact for our communities and our world.”
CEMEX is constructing a CNG/RNG filling station at the site that is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2022.