Now You Can Fuel Your Car With Waste at 35 California Gas Stations

Use of fossil fuels for transportation is a leading source of climate-changing greenhouse gases. Sure, new technology cars allow us to reduce or even eliminate the use of gas and oil, but only if you can afford the upgrade. In the mean time, many of us are stuck wishing there was something, anything, else to put in the tank.

For those living in California, a convenient alternative is now available.áClean Energy, a company known for providing fuel for natural gas vehicles, recently launchedáa new type of fuel made entirely from organic waste, including trash from landfills and by-products from large dairies and sewage plants.

Called “Redeem,” the fuel is said to beáup to 90 percent cleaner than diesel and 100 percent renewable. The waste fuel is already flowing through the enginesáof thousands of cars, taxis, shuttles and industrial fleets in California, and will soon be available atá35 public Clean Energy stations.

Redeem is a type of natural gas often referred to as biomethane. It’s made by capturing and extracting the methane produced byálandfills and other waste streams. Instead of allowing the biogas from this rotting waste to escape into the atmosphere, Clean Energy processes, purifies and distributes it via anáinterstate natural gas pipeline.

Is the name ‘Clean Energy’ somewhat misleading for a natural gas company? Of course. Even if every single driver in the U.S. switched to biogas tomorrow, it wouldn’t pull us back from the polluted brink. But, as I see it, we’re not doing anything else with all that waste, and sourcing from landfills is better than fracking our communities to extract the pure stuff.

Redeem Biomethane Biogas Waste Fuel

According to a press release, the California Air Resource Board estimates that using a waste fuelásourced fromálandfill gas can enable up to a 90 percent reduction in carbon emissions when displacing diesel or gasoline in CNG. A fleet that consumes 1,000,000 gallons of gasoline per year can reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 9,700 metric tons by switching toáRedeem, which is the equivalent of taking 1,940 passenger cars off the road per year, according to Clean Energy.

“Redeem is the lowest carbon footprint fuel commercially available and the only affordable renewable fuel for heavy duty trucks,” saidáHarrison Clay, president of Clean Energy subsidiary Clean Energy Renewable Fuels, in a statement. “We believe this creates an environmental and economic incentive for companies inside and outside California who are looking to make a major reduction in the greenhouse gas emissions from their fleet operations while still saving on their fuel bill. Redeemámakes that possible.”

Future plans include installation ofá400 fueling stations throughout the nation and the development of multipleábiomethane production facilities that are expected to produceáRedeem.

Images via Clean Energy


Elizabeth Kleynhans
Elzabe Kleynhans4 years ago

Wow, this is fantastic! No lets see how long it will take for the rest of the world to catch up!

Natasha Salgado
Past Member 4 years ago

Awesome! Thanks

Lynn C.
Lynn C4 years ago


A F.
Athena F4 years ago

Sweet, thanks!

Robert P.
Robert P4 years ago

This is VERY GOOD news and about time!! WAY better than fracking!

Jennifer C.
Past Member 4 years ago


Lynne Willey
Lynne Willey4 years ago

I hope this is all that it suggests it is. We have lots of waste. It could be a win for the environment all around. And I hope it is profitable too.

lisa O.
lisa O4 years ago

Very cool!

Tim C.
Tim C4 years ago