Audubon's Natural Gas-fueled Cars - Sponsored by EQT and Honda North
Reducing Emissions with Our Natural Gas Powered Cars
As we finish what will be the hottest year globally on record, we know that the reality of climate change is here. What is Audubon doing to combat the problem?
Audubon continues to lead by example. In the past year we purchased two compressed natural gas (CNG) Honda Civics thanks to generous grants from EQT and Honda North. These vehicles have been used for driving between our properties and to offsite educational programming.
One benefit of natural gas is that it produces lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per vehicle mile traveled compared to gasoline. The Energy Information Administration estimates that CNG cars produce, on average, 27.5% less CO2 emissions than diesel or gasoline car with minimal air pollution, or “smog.” A single CNG truck will offset CO2 emissions equivalent to 300 passenger cars over its lifetime.
From July 2015 to August 2016, ASWP educators and staff logged a total of 6,854 miles in our two CNG Honda Civics. A comparable gasoline powered Civic would have emitted 1.55 metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere with those number of miles. When you do the math, our CNG vehicles saved 0.43 metric tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere!
Thanks to the generosity of EQT and Honda North, Audubon is well on its way to becoming carbon neutral and doing our part to mitigate our impact on the environment.