Strong community and environmental partnerships lead to workable solutions in Colorado.

The CNG Bus Program is a collaborative effort between Noble Energy and the Regional Air Quality Council to replace diesel-burning school buses with new, efficient buses that run on clean-burning natural gas produced right here in Colorado.

Through the program, we have purchased 63 buses for school districts in Denver and Greeley to:

  • Reduce noise pollution
  • Reduce pollutants by as much as 45 percent
  • Reduce fuel expenses

Fuel for the CNG buses is up to one-third less expensive than diesel fuel on an equivalent energy basis. As a result, school districts save approximately $3,000 on fuel per CNG bus per year.

Benefits of our CNG Bus Program

By helping school districts replace old diesel school buses with new ones that run on clean-burning compressed natural gas (CNG), we are reducing carbon monoxide and other emissions, while saving our schools millions of dollars.

Some 480,000 school buses carry 25 million children — more than half of America’s schoolchildren — each day, making the school bus industry the largest form of mass transit in the United States.

Noble Energy saw a great opportunity to help create a better future for children by replacing diesel-fueled school buses in Colorado with compressed natural gas (CNG) buses.

Specifically, natural gas vehicles outperform conventional fuels with:

  • A significantly higher-octane rating
  • Better fuel efficiency
  • Lower operating costs
  • Dramatic emissions reductions

Plus, it is the only alternative fuel that can power heavy-duty trucks and buses, the busiest vehicles on the road today. Clean burning natural gas is also responsible for plummeting emissions in the United States, which now stand at 25-year lows according to data from the Energy Information Administration.

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This is our community – we live here and we work here – and we are proud to support technology and innovation that protect the environment and support our communities.

Noble Energy is also proud to partner with the Regional Air Quality Council to provide our school districts with clean-burning CNG buses. We invite you to learn more about our efforts to power our communities by providing local students with a clean, safe ride on the way to school.

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