Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference Series 2020

The Evolving World of Telematics–Real Time Information for Fleet Performance

This free session on “The Evolving World of Telematics–Real-Time Information for Fleet Performance” will feature an expert panel covering the applications and power of real-time information in managing your fleet. Telematics is not just GPS tracking. Telematics can provide real-time access to information that is important to your operations and goals and will increase efficiency, up time, level of service, safety and more. Gain knowledge on how to better understand your fleet and make informed and smart decisions.

 

Gaseous Fuels (Natural Gas & Propane) Trends and Applications

This free session on “Gaseous Fuels Trends and Applications” will feature an expert panel covering trends, technology advances and success stories for natural gas and propane in the fleet industry. Both are domestic, reliable, safe clean burning fuels that are being used successfully in many applications by public and private fleets across the country. Learn how it can work for your operations.

 

The Green Garage  – How to Make Your Garage More Sustainable

Learn what it means and how to be a green garage. Also, learn about the soon to be launched Green Garage Contest from The 100 Best Fleets. See how you compare to your peers. Just by participating and completing the application you will understand your operations better and identify opportunities to become better. With pressure to be more sustainable and to do more with less, this will be a valuable event and exercise.

 

Electrification of Regional Haul Trucking

Successful implementation of Commercial Battery Electrical Vehicles (CBEVs) and related hybrids, will require collaboration beyond existing partners in the trucking industry today. This expert panel will bring together fleets, OEMs, suppliers as well as the new members to the trucking industry team, utilities and charging system suppliers. The session will have a combination of presentations and panel discussions with a question and answer session of the key topics that will be critical to bringing all of these parties together for integration into freight transportation. The speakers will include representatives of all of these areas so as to provide a framework and perspective into the benefits and challenges that lie ahead.

NACFE has released guidance reports and executive summaries that provide the trucking industry with documented insights and illustrations to lead the transition. These reports include:

  • Electric Trucks: Where They Make Sense
  • Medium-Duty Electric Trucks: Cost of Ownership
  • Amping Up: Charging Infrastructure for Electric Trucks
  • Viable Class 7/8 Electric, Hybrid and Alternative Fuel Tractors

Keeping It Real: Regional Haul, Zero-Emission, Heavy-Duty Tractors

Real-world data can predict future outcomes. After the Run on Less Regional event last October, the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) and other industry experts analyzed the data collected on the duty cycles from ten regional haul fleets. In two reports, these results were used to determine the suitability of battery-electric and hydrogen fuel cell trucks for this essential and growing segment.

Participants in this webinar will:

  • Hear the results from the Run on Less Regional event
  • Learn what is needed to adopt both battery-electric and hydrogen fuel cell technologies for regional haul applications
  • Understand the opportunities and challenges in transitioning from a diesel truck to a zero-emission vehicle

Speakers

  • Mike Roeth, Executive Director, North American Council for Freight Efficiency
  • Andrew Kotz, Ph.D., Commercial Vehicle Research Engineer, NREL
  • Alan Mace, Market Manager, Ballard Power Systems

Enhancing Federal Clean Energy Innovation

A widespread and rapid transition to low-carbon energy by 2050 is essential to keep pace with ambitious policy goals and avoid the worst consequences of climate change. Historically, energy transitions have taken 50-100 years from initial breakthrough to widespread adoption, which means this transition must be implemented on a much shorter time scale.

The National Academies convened a workshop series to examine barriers and highlight successful strategies for accelerating clean energy innovation across the federal government. These webcast events feature timely, action-oriented assessments of how to strengthen demand for new clean energy technologies and facilitate cross-agency and cross-sector collaboration to solve today’s energy challenges.

Topics:

  • The Imperative to Accelerate Energy Innovation
  • Strategies for Acceleration: Strengthening User Pull
  • Strategies for
  • Acceleration: Leveraging and Learning from the Department of Defense
  • Managing DOE’s RD&D Portfolio
  • Expert Roundtable
  • Advanced Manufacturing and the Climate Crisis: Changes and Opportunities
  • Thinking Globally
  • Next Steps

July 2020

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UCC Statement of Solidarity in Racial Justice, Equity and Accessibility

UCC Statement of Solidarity in Racial Justice, Equity and Accessibility

Utah Clean Cities acknowledges and condemns racism, racially motivated violence and discrimination in all of its forms. We support and demand justice among communities of color, in Utah and nationwide. 

Systemic racism demands systemic solutions that are based on listening, learning, empathy, solidarity and action. No matter what lane we occupy in driving a sustainable future, we can and will find ways to center and support racial justice. The ongoing movement of social justice presents us with an opportunity to listen to one another, heighten our awareness, increase our compassion and heed the call to action that must happen now.

As an organization focused on transportation and sustainability, we want to ensure equitable access to resources for individuals from all communities that will lead to a positive change in the clean, safe and healthy communities that we all deserve.

We are committed to listening. We are committed to action. 

We are committed to being mindful of diverse voices in our workplace and elevating the voices of people of color.   We will engage with and listen intently to communities that have been marginalized by structural racism. We will provide decision-makers with up to date information and opportunities that promote social justice and equity and work in earnest to improve the economic opportunity of all Utahns. 

We are committed to providing free Idle Free materials and resources for all schools in Utah. We support students who want to contribute to the solutions for our changing climate by hosting their stories and art and helping them campaign at their schools for air quality and idle-free education. 

We are committed to providing strategies to transition to clean and renewable transportation systems in communities of color thus offering emission-free transport in areas that are most affected by Utah’s poor air quality.

We are committed to elevating the voices of people of color to make necessary systemic changes. 

 

-Utah Clean Cities Team

 

 

 

 

Utah Alternative Fuels and the Impact of COVID-19

Utah Alternative Fuels and the Impact of COVID-19

COVID-19 has influenced many systems of operation in Utah and the nation. As new information is discovered, new responses and approaches are being tested throughout the world, especially in the realm of transportation. 

Utah Clean Cities (UCC) is committed to keeping Utah at the center of innovation and smart mobility.

Utah Transit Authority (UTA) has been one of Utah’s hardest-hit organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic and has been responsive and adaptive to both its operators and customers with routing and safety measures.

  • UTA has seen a drop in ridership of up to 65% and as a result, the company has reduced some commuter-only services where alternative modes of transportation are available. 
  • The majority of routes are continuing with these reductions and a comprehensive list of route changes is available. 
  • UTA is committed to ensuring that its riders are getting the services they need, and they encourage riders to make their voices heard on how UTA is currently handling the barriers they are facing or how they can improve their services by filling out a survey
  • In addition to complying with the Salt Lake County mandate, UTA announced that, in order to keep public transportation safe for riders and employees, everyone is required to wear a face mask. UTA made a statement to assure those without access to a face mask that they will be providing them for riders at customer service locations and eventually on transit vehicles. 

Swift action was taken by UTA to try to limit the spread of COVID-19. In the long term, this could benefit UTA versus other public transportation organizations who may experience a greater loss in finances and ridership. This is evident from the fact that other public transportation organizations are looking at upwards of 70% reductions. 

COVID-19 & Utah Air Quality 

The significant reduction in air pollutants in the Salt Lake Valley during the pandemic has emphasized the need for an increase in clean, advanced fuels in the U.S. transportation sector. Measurements of air pollutants in March from various monitoring stations show that nitric oxide (NOX) levels were 57% lower than the average and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) was 36% lower than average while particulate matter (PM2.5) is down by 59% and carbon dioxide (CO2) levels were 19% and 33% lower than average at the Sugarhouse and University of Utah stations, respectively.

Imagine, as we do strategically here at UCC, what it would look like to fully commit to zero & near-zero emissions and beyond zero, carbon benefiting fuels found in renewable energy: electric, natural gas, biofuels which in the renewable form actually prevent greenhouse gases from being released.

Alternative Fuel Solutions: Fuel & Energy Independence

Today, with the availability of over 12 alternative fuels on the market and various alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs), now is the time to transition from conventional to alternative fuels and AFVs. From a financial perspective, we know that fleets look at the total cost of ownership (TCO) and return on investment (ROI) as primary factors. And while the adoption of AFVs may seem cost-prohibitive and some fleets carry an outdated perspective of early adoption stories from 20 years ago, they have been proven successful.

The Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC) provides an extensive list of federal laws and incentives correlated with alternative vehicles and advanced fuel technologies as well as incentives through Clean Cities Financial Opportunities that may alleviate the cost of alternative fuels and AFVs. For instance, electricity is significantly cheaper than gasoline because it can be produced domestically which, in turn, can lead to considerable savings. Aside from electricity, another alternative fuel, compressed natural gas (CNG), has become more widely available across the U.S. Whether your decision for change takes the form of an electric vehicle or renewable diesel for heavy-duty vehicles, all alternative options are viable nowadays. Major interstates are boasting alternative fuel corridors that are planned and are being built for alternative fueling stations and the time has never been better to make the switch.

Alternative fuels are no longer the fuels of the future, but the fuels of today. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how vulnerable the U.S. and Utah are, in regard to fuels. This experience stresses the importance of being able to produce our state-side and renewable fuel. The truth is: alternative & advanced fuel strategies have the capability to help Utah economically

Utah Clean Cities is here to support Utah economically through the use of alternative fuels by further benefiting job security in the transportation sector while creating fuel and economic independence. 

 

By Christopher Firmage, Utah Clean Cities