A photo of several black barrels of oil with a red arrow descending over them.

Clean Cities hit a major milestone in 2013, reducing petroleum consumption by more than 1 billion gallons in a single year.

What has nine zeros? A billion.

And what does that number have to do with the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Clean Cities program? Well, in 2013 alone, that's how many gallons of petroleum the program and its stakeholders saved!

This is the first year that Clean Cities' efforts have reduced one billion gallons of petroleum consumption in a single year, bringing its cumulative petroleum reduction up to more than 6.4 billion gallons. With this rate of petroleum reduction, the program is ahead of schedule for reaching its 2020 goal of reducing 2.5 billion gallons of petroleum a year.

Besides reducing petroleum consumption, the program's efforts in 2013 helped prevent the production of 7.5 million tons of the greenhouse gases that cause climate change. This is equivalent to removing 1.5 million vehicles from the road.

What's more, Clean Cities also reported a total inventory of 475,000 alternative fuel vehicles that coalitions and their stakeholders helped put on the road.

These accomplishments reflect the hard work of the program's coalitions and DOE to implement projects, build partnerships, educate fleet managers, inform consumers, and provide technical assistance—proving Clean Cities really is reducing petroleum consumption one vehicle, one fleet, and one community at a time.

For more information, learn about Clean Cities accomplishments and explore the infographic.

  • Shannon Brescher Shea, U.S. Department of Energy
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  • For more information:
  • Clean Cities Technical Response Service Team
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