R-CNG as a fuel for transportation

R-CNG as a fuel for transportation

RNG can be used in the form of compressed natural gas (R-CNG) to fuel vehicles, reducing CO2 emissions from around 50% -100% compared to fossil fuels on a well-to-wheel basis.

Encouraged by government policies, demand for R-CNG is increasing in transport sectors such as road and marine. Establishing a business in the production and supply of R-CNG allows Shell to continue providing customers with the fuels they need, not only today but in the future.


Why R-CNG for transportation industry?

The transport industry is one of the most influential sectors in any country and has a responsibility to the environment as well as its profits. Cost effective fuel alternatives can take care of both these responsibilities, one such fuel is RNG.

With Government regulations involving air quality and carbon reduction expected to grow more restrictive over time, at Shell, we are helping transportation hauliers and customers bridge the gap from traditional fuels to R-CNG through a growing North America CNG station network.


Ready for today and tomorrow

There are more than 28 million natural gas vehicles (NGVs) in use around the world today, along with 33,000 natural gas fuelling stations. 

Shell is actively expanding its network of R-CNG refuelling stations. With dedicated fast fill fuelling stations like the Carson terminal, Shell is meeting traditional refuelling speeds to help minimize driver downtime.

Additionally, overnight time-fill refuelling stations can be installed in fleet yards so every vehicle begins the day with a full tank.

R-CNG offers multiple advantages over traditional transportation fuels:

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    R-CNG can be used in the same applications as conventional natural gas with no difference in performance.

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    Emissions reduction

    R-CNG provides drastic reduction in emissions compared to fossil fuels on a well-to-wheels basis, helping companies achieve sustainability goals.

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    Captures methane emissions

    R-CNG captures previously uncontrolled methane emissions from dairy farms and other sources, preventing harmful greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere.

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    Additional income

    R-CNG provides additional income for dairy farmers and creates valuable by-products including compost, fertilizer and animal bedding.

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    Government incentives

    R-CNG benefits from government incentives in the United States.

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    Anaerobic digestion: deploying in dairy farms

    Anaerobic digestion is a mature technology that Shell is currently deploying in dairy farms across the United States.

Become a low carbon fleet

The R-CNG market is growing in North America, thanks to its lower carbon intensity and cost compared to traditional fuels. Shell is actively collaborating and contracting with medium-duty and heavy-duty hauling companies to achieve our goal of reaching Net Zero Emissions by 2050 and decarbonize on-road logistics and transportation in North America.

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Case study spotlights

Shell is committed to expanding our interests in sustainable energy sources, specifically including R-CNG.

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    Anaerobic digestion: deploying in dairy farms

    Anaerobic digestion is a mature technology that Shell is currently deploying in dairy farms across the United States.

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    Quality and consistency of supply

    By controlling production and distribution, Shell is able to ensure the consistency and quality of the R-CNG we provide.

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    Natural Gas refuelling stations

    Shell operates more than 2,000 natural gas refueling stations worldwide, and we’re bringing that expertise to the U.S. market.

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Opportunities for feedstock suppliers

Financial stability is critical for the future of farming. Diverse revenue streams from the production of RNG can help support associated farm costs.

Key benefits of R-CNG

Shell’s renewable compressed natural gas (R-CNG) is a low or negative carbon natural gas transportation fuel derived from organic waste. Reducing carbon emissions alongside other benefits.

Frequently asked questions

Explore frequently asked questions about the production, use and benefits of both RNG and R-CNG.