Filling a Hertz bus tank with Redeem, a fuel made from rotting organic material, in Los Angeles.
California’s Clean Energy Fuels has just announced that they have begun the sale of a car fuel made with methane that they source from landfill sites. It’s already projected to do remarkably well; the company expects to sell 15 million gallons of Redeem biogas in California this year at 40 filling stations as well as to a customer base that includes SuperShuttle and Hertz.
The primary benefit of landfill-sourced methane is that we don’t have to frack for it—thus no irradiated rivers or unexpected earthquakes caused by its production. But it turns out there are other environmental benefits too: Clean Energy’s CEO explained to the nytimesthat “Redeem can burn 90 percent cleaner than diesel.”
Additionally, the removal of methane gas from landfill does have some impact on reducing the gas’s significant environmental impact. Methane is the second most prevalent source of human-driven greenhouse gas emissions, and landfill sites are the third-largest source of those emissions. Furthermore, because of the source of the gas, it counts as a renewable source of energy.