Press Release | Louisiana Clean Fuel Leader Award Winners Announced

    Lafayette, La. Louisiana Clean Fuels (LCF) announced the winners of the Louisiana Clean Fuel Leader Awards Thursday during the organization’s annual conference and expo at the Lafayette Cajundome. LCF, a designated US DOE Clean Cities Coalition, awards the top alternative fuel users in the organization’s territory each year. This year’s event hosted over 100 attendees. 

    Ann Shaneyfelt, Executive Director of LCF said, “We are proud to honor these fleets for their efforts to enhance our state’s air quality and use of domestically-produced fuels.”

    United Parcel Service (UPS) received the highest honor, Clean Fuel Champion, for reducing a total of 1713.30 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. UPS utilizes biodiesel, propane and natural gas in LCF’s territory. UPS’s Michael Britt served as the keynote speaker for the conference and accepted the award on behalf of the company.

    “UPS is committed to using and advancing alternative fuel technologies,” said Michael Britt, UPS Director of Maintenance and Engineering for International Operations. “UPS’s alternative fuel vehicles represent 6% of the more than 100,000 UPS global fleet, yet have driven a 10% annual reduction in our use of conventional fuel.  Winning this prestigious award signifies that all UPS is doing to reduce its environmental impact is making a difference and being recognized which makes us very proud.”

    Entergy Louisiana received the Utility Fleet of the Year award for the second highest reduction of greenhouse gas emissions with 838 tons. Entergy operates natural gas and ethanol-powered vehicles and reduced miles traveled in their gasoline-powered vehicles. 

    David Chemin, Entergy’s Director of Engineering and Field Support said, “Through Entergy Corporation’s Green Fleet Initiative, our team executes a number of strategies built around short-term ownership, lighter weight materials, fuel economy, alternative fuels and telemetry. These programs have enabled our fleet to deploy more efficient assets, increase positive driving behavior, and ultimately realize the tangible results that have been highlighted by Louisiana Clean Fuels.  We are honored to receive this award as recognition for Entergy Louisiana’s achievements to date, and we are confident that the team’s continued hard work will allow us to meet our 2020 goal of reducing our fleet’s total carbon footprint by 20 percent.”

    Republic Services received the Outstanding Private Fleet award for reducing 672.40 tons of greenhouse gas emissions.  The refuse fleet operates 62 natural gas vehicles in LCF’s territory, and is the top fleet in the refuse company category.

    The United States General Services Administration (GSA) received the Outstanding Federal Fleet award for their diverse use of alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) in Louisiana.  The fleet utilizes renewable diesel, electric and ethanol-powered vehicles. Altogether, GSA accounted for reduced 554.90 tons of greenhouse gas emissions.

    According to Bill Toth, GSA’s Director of Fleet Management, the agency continually partners with other federal, state and local agencies to build a clean energy economy that will sustain not just our health and prosperity for generations to come, but also our environment. “It’s an honor for GSA Fleet to be recognized by Louisiana Clean Fuels as the 2016 recipient of the Outstanding Fleet Award. We work with our federal customers on incorporating diverse alternative fueled vehicles into the fleet, resulting in significant greenhouse gas emissions reductions,” said Toth. “GSA Fleet's value proposition to our customer agencies is to provide the right vehicle, at the right price, with great service, and the data required to effectively and efficiently manage a fleet. It is our hope that we foster innovation, reduce spending, and strengthen the communities in which our Federal fleet operates, in a unified effort to further reduce national greenhouse gas emissions."

    The City of Shreveport received the Municipality of the Year award for their outstanding greenhouse gas emission reduction with 281.50 tons.  The city features a transit system powered by natural gas.

    Runner up to the Municipality of the Year is the St. Landry Parish Solid Waste Disposal District.  The organization reduced 115.50 tons of greenhouse gas emissions without operating a transit system.  St. Landry Parish Solid Waste harnesses methane gas released from their landfills, and converts the methane gas to a renewable natural gas that powers their vehicles along with 10 Progressive Waste refuse vehicles.

    The Louisiana Alternative Fuels Conference and Expo is a free event to attendees.  Representatives in the alternative fuel industry participate to learn about the use, safety and best business practices associated with alternative fuel vehicles and technologies. 

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