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North American Energy - Security, Independence, Opportunity
NASCO is a leading voice in the growing importance and potential of North America’s renaissance in energy development and its impact on existing and future freight transportation.
NASCO has allied its members and partners with key groups involved in encouraging widespread adoption of North America’s abundant, economical and cleaner natural gas reserves as a freight transport fuel of the future. The greater the move in North America to use massive native natural gas reserves as a transport fuel, the greater the reduction of freight transport costs for logistics, manufacturing and industry, and in harmful emissions from diesel fuel use. North America is largely dependent on imported crude oil to produce diesel fuel, so natural gas fuel conversion increases the continent’s independence on imported oil and improves national trade balances.
The renaissance in shale rock oil and gas exploration using horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing since the 2000s has lifted the USA to become the No. 1 world producer of natural gas, ahead of Russia. That advance also is powering the USA toward becoming the No. 1 producer of crude oil in the world by 2020. Most of that new energy production is happening in shale rock formations located largely across the same footprint NASCO has served for 20 years.
The shale gas revolution has dramatically improved the outlook for natural gas supplies. And, with a growing need to reduce emissions, abundant natural gas is ready now to play a greater role in a diverse clean and independent energy portfolio for North America.
NASCO has welcomed this enormous wealth and job-creating development. And we are helping our members and partners appreciate the enormous additional challenges to our public transport infrastructure of supplying and supporting this intensive energy creation process. That massive oil and gas production under way is challenging our transport infrastructure. But that new energy output is also busy restoring the low-cost competitive cost basis and raw materials advantages of industry and manufacturing across the USA, Canada and Mexico.
Natural Gas Vehicle Consortium
NASCO has partnered with member TCU Energy Institute and the North Texas Natural Gas Vehicle Consortium to promote CNG and LNG use in freight transport and, with them, is building NGV partnerships across North America. NASCO and the consortium promote and educate on the dramatic economic savings CNG/LNG use represents in freight transport vs. diesel fuel and the healthy emissions cuts NGV use by private and public truck fleets can deliver. We are encouraging the strategic build out of CNG and LNG fueling station infrastructure across the continent, a movement led by our own longstanding member, Oklahoma-based Love’s Truck Stops in the U.S. Midwest.
Commission on Environmental Cooperation of North America
NASCO helped shape the tri-national research program on carbon emissions of freight transport on North American trade corridors that resulted in publication of “Sustainability of Freight Transportation in North America,” the landmark study on the state of air quality along North American trade corridors and ideas for its improvement.
As a leading North American organization, we aided the tri-national Commission on Environmental Cooperation (CEC) of North America to shape and organize the workshops of subject matter experts that led to the key research report on North American freight transportation emissions. The CEC, based in Montreal, Canada, evolved as part of the 1993 NAFTA side agreement on the environment.
Environmental Defense Fund
NASCO has partnered with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), who share our ethos of collaboration with private and public sector partners to drive innovative solutions to some of the most pressing environmental challenges to produce winning scenarios good for business and the environment.
EDF, a leading international nonprofit organization, links science, economics, law, and innovative partnerships to create transformational solutions to the most serious public health and environmental problems. Their mission is to preserve the natural systems on which all life depends.
The EDF's work in the freight transportation and logistics sector focuses on finding innovative ways to reduce emissions and fuel and energy use. They have partnered with industry leaders across modes and throughout the supply chain on successful green freight projects, many of which center on ports and major transportation corridors.
Initiatives such as the Climate Corps Fellowship Program, Green Freight Journey, and clean truck programs are a few of the ways that we currently work with the private sector to find sustainable solutions that improve environmental outcomes and reduce costs.