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    BP, Clean Energy explore more RNG

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The partners will use waste sourced from dairy farms in Iowa and South Dakota to produce a low-carbon fuel.

by: Daniel Graeber

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BP, Clean Energy explore more RNG

California-based Clean Energy Fuels and UK energy major BP said November 11 their joint venture was looking to develop renewable natural gas in the US farm belt.

The companies through their joint venture committed to work on the production of renewable natural gas (RNG) using manure sourced from dairy farms in Iowa and South Dakota.

“The RNG that is expected to flow from these dairies to our fueling infrastructure will allow our customers to dramatically reduce their carbon emissions and turn their sustainability goals into reality,” said Clay Corbus, the senior vice president and co-head of renewable fuels at Clean Energy.

The partners said they can expect to produce more than 25,000 m3 of RNG annually from the waste from more than 30,000 cows on the state's dairy farms.

Another California company, Southern California Gas (SoCalGas), said earlier this month it opened a fueling station just outside of Los Angeles that would cater exclusively to vehicles running on RNG. SoCalGas said using RNG helped displace some 1.83mn tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent emissions last year.

Apart from an alternative fuel, the US Environmental Protection Agency estimates the agricultural sector accounts for about 10% of total domestic greenhouse gas emissions.

“Capturing methane from farm waste can lower these emissions,” Clean Energy said.