Why Sustainability is Important
Sustainability Demonstrates Leadership
Environmental responsibility is necessary to compete in today’s market. The best trucking companies are embracing sustainability by employing CNG trucks, training, equipment, and other initiatives that lessen environmental impact. The addition of a natural gas station can greatly help these fleets remain sustainable.
Promoting greener transportation by reducing fuel use can help your company improve its bottom line. Companies not only can save on fuel costs for undertaking environmentally responsible activities, they also improve their public reputation by operating in a socially responsible manner.
*Source: MIT Sloan Management Review Research Report, Winter 2012.
Appeals to Customers
There are a growing number of consumers who demand green behavior from businesses. Sustainability initiatives can improve your company’s image, drive brand preference and build customer loyalty. They can even help you attract customers who care about a company’s environmental footprint.
**Source: MIT Sloan Management Review Research Report, Winter 2012.
Natural gas has allowed the U.S. to decrease its dependence on Middle East oil and is driving down the cost of energy.
How JRayl Improves Sustainability
Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Stations
As a leader in the trucking industry, JRayl takes sustainability seriously. That’s why we’re making compressed natural gas more accessible by opening the first public CNG gas station in Akron, Ohio. Located at 1201 South Arlington Street in Akron, our natural gas station has two CNG fueling bays that use fast-fill technology to get CNG trucks fueled and on the road faster.
To accommodate diesel and dual-fuel trucks, our CNG gas station also has a diesel fueling bay for fueling 24 hours/day. Our natural gas station is one of many ways that JRayl is making it easier for other companies and consumers to reduce their carbon footprint with CNG trucks and CNG vehicles.
*Source: Clean Cities Alternative Fuel Price Report, July 2013.
CNG and Duel-Fuel Trucks
JRayl strongly believes that natural gas trucks are good for our economy, environment and bottom line. Not only do they reduce our dependence on foreign oil, but heavy-duty natural gas vehicles also reduce greenhouse gas emissions between 20%-23% because CNG is more efficient and burns cleaner than diesel.**
What’s more, diesel prices continue to climb, while natural gas typically costs about two-thirds as much (after adjusting prices for the different energy contents of the two fuels). JRayl has added more than 130 CNG trucks, which can all be refueled at our CNG gas station, owned by Gain Clean Fuels.
These trucks will help reduce JRayl’s carbon footprint and help shippers meet corporate sustainability objectives.
**”For Fleets.” NGVA. Web. 25 Nov. 2013.
Training and Equipment
In addition to our natural gas station, CNG trucks and dual-fuel trucks, JRayl reduces environmental impact through driver training and equipment. All our drivers receive extensive training on methods that are proven to maximize fuel savings, and drivers are incentivized with rewards for conserving fuel.
From an equipment standpoint, JRayl invests in auxiliary power units to enhance driver comfort without idling, which cuts fuel costs and reduces emissions. Our CNG trucks, dual-fuel trucks and diesel trucks are also outfitted with aerodynamic packages to improve fuel efficiency.
***Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory, March 2011.
3 Ways CNG Impacts Sustainability
Safer to Store
Natural gas vehicles have been proven to be safer in operation with lower injury, fatality and collision rates compared to gasoline fleets. CNG is non-toxic and has a very limited range of flammability. Independent and government tests have also proven that CNG is safer to store than diesel with stronger and safer fuel tanks that reduce the likelihood of accidental release.
**Source: “How Safe Are Natural Gas Vehicles?” Clean Vehicle Education Foundation. 17 Sept. 2010
Diesel prices are continually fluctuating. Since CNG costs less than gasoline on a per-gallon equivalent basis, it’s a great alternative fuel. CNG trucks also have lower operating costs. CNG is a clean-burning fuel, resulting in minimal engine wear and requiring fewer oil changes, which saves money on engine maintenance.
*Source: “Calculate Your Natural Gas Savings.” Natural Gas Savings Calculator. Web. 13 Feb. 2014.
Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) is a more environmentally friendly fuel. And because CNG fuel systems are completely sealed, CNG trucks don’t produce any evaporative emissions. A truck company that is committed to sustainability can add CNG trucks and dual-fuel trucks to its fleet, which can be refueled at any CNG gas station.