LCF Publishes 2018 Annual Report Data

    Each year, Louisiana Clean Fuels compiles information from alternative fuels stakeholders for our Annual Report. We’ve reached to fleets in Louisiana who use alternative fuels, operate an alternative fuels station, or who have worked toward the implementation of fuel-saving measures throughout the year. We use the information gathered for the Annual Report to compile data on how our stakeholders have used alternative fuels and reduced emissions throughout the previous year.

    The data we collect is used as a benchmark to gain an accurate picture of alternative fuel and vehicle usage in Louisiana, which will help both LCF and the Department of Energy understand the alternative fuels market. This Annual Report helps to show our progress and the progress of stakeholders in Louisiana in shifting to domestic energy sources, eliminating harmful emissions, and improving fuel efficiency. We also use the data we collect for the Annual Report in the consideration of recipients for the 2019 Annual Clean Fuel Leader Awards.

    After months of gathering, organizing, and studying data, the Annual Report is complete, and the aggregated data is ready to be shared.

    In 2018, LCF stakeholders reduced the usage of a total of 9,609,058 gallons of gasoline-equivalent (GGEs). Primarily, this was achieved through the usage of alternative fuel vehicles (66%) rather than vehicles that run on gasoline or diesel. Other methods of reduction worth mentioning are fuel economy improvements (17%) in vehicles and idle reduction measures (14%), both of which focus on decreasing fuel consumption in vehicles. Not only do our stakeholders use vehicle improvements to reduce fossil fuel consumption, but a large number of them are also diversifying their fuel options and switching to other fuels besides gasoline and diesel to power their fleets.

    • Members of LCF’s Green Fleets Certification Program used over three million gallons of alternative fuel, accounting for 34% of the state’s GGE reduction. 
    • From 2017 to 2018, East Baton Rouge School district increased their number of propane-fueled buses from 10 to 23 with a corresponding fuel use increase of over 800%.
    • Lafourche school district increased the usage of propane-fueled school buses, using 25% more propane than in 2017.

    In addition to reducing gasoline usage, LCF stakeholders also reduced 44,999 tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2018. Idle reduction (36%) and improvements in fuel economy (45%) were responsible for the majority of the reduction of GHG emissions. As these measures reduce overall fuel consumption for any vehicle, AFV or not, these kinds of measures have the largest impact on keeping emissions down in addition to the importance of diversifying fuel options through alternative fuel usage. Despite alternative fuel vehicles comprising less than 1% of vehicles in the state, AFVs accounted for 14% of GHG reductions. With increasing adoption rates, GHG emissions reduced by AFVs will increasingly account for a larger share of emissions reductions in Louisiana.

    This third chart shows a breakdown in the GGEs reduced and the GHG emissions reduced by fuel type. In 2018, LCF stakeholders reduced 6,549,458 GGE and 7,072 tons of GHG emissions specifically through alternative fuel usage. Louisiana is known for having a very strong natural gas industry, and this data illustrates that compressed natural gas (CNG) is indeed an incredibly popular alternative fuel for our stakeholders. CNG accounts for 80% of the GGEs reduced and 66% of the GHG emissions reduced in 2018. Also of note in GGE reduction is propane, which accounted for 12% of the 6.5 million total for 2018. Renewable natural gas (RNG) (11%) and electric vehicles (7.5%) played a notable role in our stakeholders’ reduction of GHG emissions in 2018.

    When compared to the data from previous years (2009-2018), 2018, at 9.6 million GGEs, marks the largest amount of GGEs our stakeholders have ever reduced, eclipsing the previous record of 8.5 million GGEs reduced in 2016. Though GHG emissions reduction in 2018 did not eclipse the 48.8k tons of GHG emissions reduced in 2018, emissions reduction did increase from 40.1k tons in 2017 to 45k tons in 2018*.

    *Between 2013 and 2014, LCF expanded its territory from 5 parishes to 57 parishes.

    LCF would like to thank our members and stakeholders for their participation in this reporting process.

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