WGL and Washington Gas are committed to reducing its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions whenever possible. One area in which significant reductions have been made is with Washington Gas’ fleet. Washington Gas is actively converting its fleet to low emissions vehicles. Today, we have over 150 natural gas vehicles (NGV) in our fleet, with the goal of converting one-third of the fleet, 240 vehicles, to natural gas by 2016.
Natural gas vehicles are one of the cleanest transport fuels available, not just with respect to vehicle emissions, but also for fuel production. Studies around the world consistently show that natural gas engines produce fewer harmful emissions than gasoline, diesel or liquid propane, in spite of the considerable improvements made to these fuels in recent years. Even when measured against other ‘clean’ fuels or methods, including gasoline-electric hybrids, NGV emissions are frequently lower. Since 2008, Washington Gas has reduced petroleum fuel consumption by 29 percent by integrating more NGVs and expanding driver education and training initiatives.