Oregon has become a popular place to live. And as the population continues to grow, so does the amount of waste that’s produced–from food, animals, and really, from everyone. All that waste produces methane and other greenhouse gases that are released into the environment, which is a leading cause of a warming climate. But NW Natural is now able to capture those gases before they enter the environment and convert them into renewable natural gas (RNG), reducing carbon emissions by as much as 80%.
At a first-of-its-kind facility in Portland, the City will capture the greenhouse gases produced at the Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant and convert those gases into renewable natural gas to fuel a fleet of the city’s natural gas-powered garbage trucks. This project will eliminate the need for 1.3 million gallons of diesel fuel a year. While RNG is currently used to fuel vehicles around the country, NW Natural’s goal is to put it into our pipeline system to help heat homes and water, bringing us closer to a future of less.