The trucking industry’s continued growth has led more and more carriers to consider alternative fuels like natural gas as a way to cut costs while also hiring more and more drivers to meet growing demand.

It was announced last month that Procter & Gambles use of alternative energy as it becomes the first large shippers to convert a significant percentage of its commercial trucks to natural gas. P&G announced that in July 2013 it will convert nearly 20 percent of its North American fleet to natural gas, a process that will take approximately two years to complete. The process of converting 20 percent of its commercial truck fleet to natural gas is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 5,000 metric tons (or the equivalent GHG emissions from 1,000 passenger vehicles for a year).

P&G’s embrace of natural gas is just another example of the trucking industry’s continued use of alternative fuels as a way to not only help protect the environment, but also cut costs during a time when diesel prices are on the rise and more and more trucks are being added to America’s roads every day. The growth of the trucking industry means there is also a growing demand for commercial truck drivers, especially those with professional training from a respected CDL program like the one at Hamrick School.

Alternative fuel use in the commercial truck industry has become a major focus for motor carriers who are looking for ways to cut fuel cost while trucking demand continues to increase. The trucking industry has experienced rapid growth over the past few years and that growth is not expected to slow anytime soon. As carriers look to put more commercial trucks on the road and hire more professionally trained truck drivers, alternative fuels will play an important part in helping the truck industry handle the coming growth.