Study: natural gas heavy-duty trucking fleet could benefit economy, but has mixed environmental effects

Switching from diesel fuel to natural gas may hold advantages for the US heavy-duty trucking fleet, but more needs to be done to reach the full environmental benefits, according to a new white paper released by the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis, and Rice University. “On a resilience basis, an energy security basis, and on an economic basis, there can be advantages to switching to natural gas in key location. But to have an environmental advantage for reducing greenhouse gas emissions would take significant policy intervention,” said lead author Amy Myers Jaffe.

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