UGI Fuels UPS’ Newest, Largest Natural Gas Fueling Station
04 Oct 2022
UGI Utilities is pleased to serve UPS’ fourth largest U.S. distribution hub with clean and efficient natural gas. The recently-opened, nearly 800,000 square foot facility in Middletown is home to the largest natural gas fueling station in UPS’ network.
In 2020, UPS approached UGI for the facility’s natural gas needs. UGI was excited for the project and to help further reduce carbon emissions from the region’s transportation sector. In late 2020, UGI began construction on an approximately two-mile long, eight-inch diameter pipeline to connect to UPS’ new hub. The pipeline went into service the following year.
UPS explains that, “Through best-in-class engineering, UPS is reimagining its network with innovation-driven investments to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. The new renewable natural gas (RNG) fueling station will: remove 8 million gallons of diesel fuel per year; help UPS reach 40% alternative fuel in ground operations by 2025; and, lower carbon footprint while still delivering for customers.”
Natural gas is an essential fuel to reduce transportation-related greenhouse gases (GHGs). The use of affordable natural gas by Pennsylvania fleets such as UPS offers a unique opportunity for the Keystone State given the Commonwealth’s prolific natural gas reserves paired with a growing supply of renewable natural gas.
“We’re on a mission to improve our ground operations network, create local jobs and bring to life sustainable solutions,” said Crystal Lassiter, UPS buildings and systems engineering vice president. “With a focus on getting things right, we’re able to expand our bottom line.”