Expanding our renewable natural gas portfolio

bp is one of the largest suppliers of renewable natural gas to the US transportation sector through our Mavrix non-operated joint venture with Aria Energy and our supply agreement with Clean Energy Fuels.

A low carbon fuel for heavy transport

RNG is a key emerging fuel derived from waste and can be transported through existing natural gas pipelines. When used to fuel natural gas vehicles, it reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 95% or more on a lifecycle basis compared with diesel, according to the US Department of Energy.

Joint venture with Clean Energy Fuels

In March 2021, we finalized a joint venture with Clean Energy Fuels to develop, own and operate new RNG projects at agricultural facilities, including dairies, which will produce RNG using the methane captured from farm waste. The operating partner will be Clean Energy — America’s largest provider of RNG transportation fuel — with whom bp established a joint RNG marketing agreement in 2019.

The expansion of our RNG portfolio aligns with bp’s ambition to become a net zero company by 2050 or sooner and to help the world get to net zero. We look forward to continuing our work with Clean Energy on exciting projects aimed at reducing the carbon intensity of our products.

Sean Reavis
SVP, low carbon trading

Joint venture with Aria Energy

Mavrix, our joint venture with Aria Energy, recently broke ground on three new projects with Aligned Digesters to capture methane from waste at three California dairy farms and process it into RNG for transportation fuel. The farms will use digesters to produce biogas from farm waste which would otherwise have been allowed to decompose and release methane into the atmosphere.

Known collectively as RNG Moovers, these projects combine the expertise of three companies. Aria Energy is providing its skill in capturing biogas released from organic waste, refining it to remove contaminants and increasing its heat content, resulting in RNG. Aligned Digesters is contributing both its proven experience constructing and operating digesters and its decades-long relationships with dairy owners nationwide. bp is delivering the RNG to America’s transportation sector through a 20-year offtake agreement executed by its low carbon trading business.

RNG projects across the US

Even before the formation of RNG Moovers, Mavrix was developing projects to produce RNG using methane captured from landfill waste. As part of this venture, Mavrix owns RNG production facilities in Michigan, Oklahoma, and two facilities in Tennessee.

In support of bp’s ambition, the biogas strategy is focused on growth. Our trading team currently has 24 flowing biogas offtake agreements with various facilities across the US – and another 15 contracted to flow in the future.

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