CACC Fleets Saved 25M Gallons of Petroleum in 2014
Last year, Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition member fleets saved more than 25 million gasoline gallon equivalents (GGEs) of petroleum and nearly 240,000 tons of greenhouse-gas emissions.
“This, the coalition’s greatest achievement yet, is the equivalent of removing 3,150 tanker trucks’ worth of gasoline,” said Samantha Bingham, coordinator, Chicago Area Clean Cities (CACC). “This incredible accomplishment would not be possible without the efforts of the coalition’s stakeholders, which include commercial fleets and municipalities throughout the six-county Chicago region.”
The United States is 96 percent dependent on petroleum to transport our goods, services and people, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. In 2014, the U.S. imported more than 2.6 billion barrels of oil at a cost of $1.7 billion.
Nationwide, the Clean Cities program has set an overall goal of displacing 2.5 billion gallons of petroleum per year from the transportation sector by 2020. Clean Cities coalitions like CACC must increase the amount of petroleum displaced by 17 percent per year in order to reach this goal.