Sustainable trucking expands with Circle K, Trillium, Musket partnership
Refined products agreement leads to creative, low-carbon renewable natural gas solution
HOUSTON, June 2, 2021 - Musket and Trillium, members of the Love's Family of Companies, have entered into an agreement with Circle K to expand sustainable trucking in California. A 2020 supply partnership between Musket and Circle K created a joint purchasing agreement and allowed Circle K to rapidly grow its trucking fleet and maximize fuel sourcing flexibility.
Expanding upon that relationship, Trillium and Circle K announced Wednesday they have entered into an agreement in which Trillium will provide renewable natural gas to Circle K's in-house trucking fleet in California. Musket, Trillium and Circle K's growing partnership allows for improved daily efficiency and for Circle K to lower its fleet's emissions through the consumption of ultra-low-carbon RNG sourced from dairy facilities.
"We're projecting significant carbon and tailpipe emissions reductions through this initial rollout of Circle K's CNG trucks in southern California," said JP Fjeld-Hansen, vice president of Trillium and Musket. "The fact that we've incorporated an ESG initiative into a refined products-based business venture speaks to the creativity and flexibility of team members on both sides of the equation."
RNG is produced by capturing methane emitted from the breakdown of organic wastes in landfills, wastewater and farms. This process prevents emissions from escaping into the environment. In addition, RNG burns cleaner than petroleum diesel. For every gallon of RNG used by Circle K's fleet, the equivalent of five gallons of greenhouse gas emissions is removed from the atmosphere when compared to traditional diesel.
"We're excited about this opportunity to further our partnership with Musket and Trillium," said Louise Warner, senior vice president of Global Fuels for Alimentation Couche-Tard, which owns and operates the Circle K brand globally. "It is a notable step as part of our sustainability journey. Through practical changes in our supply chain, we are on the path to deliver on our commitments as a global leader in convenience and fuel and reduce the environmental footprint of our operations."
Trillium, a member of the Love's Family of Companies, is a leading provider of renewable fuels and alternative fueling solutions, specializing in fuel supply, design, installation and operation for innovative energy solutions. Trillium's alternative fuels offerings include compressed natural gas (CNG), hydrogen, and electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure as well as low carbon energy supply from renewable natural gas, solar installation and on-site electricity generation. For more than 20 years, Trillium has exceeded customer expectations by delivering superior quality, reliability and dependability at more than 200 alternative fueling stations nationwide. Trillium specializes in designing, building and operating these facilities and provides 24/7 maintenance services for various types of professional fleets. Combined, Love's Travel Stops and Trillium own nearly 70 public-access CNG facilities. To learn more, visit loves.com/Trillium.
Musket Corp. is part of the privately held Love's Family of Companies specializing in commodity supply, trading and logistics across North America. Musket is headquartered in Houston, with additional offices in Oklahoma City and Phoenix. For more information, visit www.musketcorp.com.
About Love's Travel Stops
Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores is the nation's leading travel stop network with 560 locations in 41 states. Founded in 1964 and headquartered in Oklahoma City, the company remains family-owned and operated and employs more than 31,000 people. Love's provides professional truck drivers and motorists with 24-hour access to clean and safe places to purchase gasoline, diesel fuel, fresh coffee, restaurant offerings and more. Love's has over 410 truck service centers, which include Speedco and Love's Truck Care locations. Love's and Speedco combined is the largest oil change, preventive maintenance and total truck care nationwide network with over 1,500 maintenance bays and 1,200 emergency roadside vehicles available for customers. Love's is committed to providing customers with "Clean Places, Friendly Faces" at every stop. To learn more, visit loves.com.
About Circle K and Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.
Couche-Tard is the leader in the Canadian convenience store industry. Circle K is its global brand outside of Quebec, Canada. Couche-Tard is a global leader in convenience and fuel retail, operating in 26 countries and territories, with more than 14,200 stores, of which approximately 10,800 offer road transportation fuel. With its well-known Couche-Tard and Circle K banners, it is the largest independent convenience store operator in terms of the number of company-operated stores in the United States and it is a leader in the convenience store industry and road transportation fuel retail in Canada, Scandinavia, the Baltics, as well as in Ireland. It also has an important presence in Poland and Hong Kong. Approximately 135,000 people are employed throughout its network.
For more information on Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. or to consult its Unaudited Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements and Management Discussion and Analysis, please visit https://corpo.couche-tard.com.