OPAL Fuels LLC, a vertically integrated producer and distributor of renewable natural gas (RNG), announced Hugh Donnell has joined the company as its Senior Vice President of Business Development and Sustainability. In this new role, Mr. Donnell will help lead OPAL Fuels’ efforts to transition fleets to net-zero now solutions that drive cost savings and support their Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) goals and objectives.
Mr. Donnell will lead an outreach program to fleets with proven, lower operating cost, clean technologies that are available at scale today. He will also assist in developing strategic partnerships with equipment suppliers and other channel partners to drive further adoption of RNG as a transportation fuel. In addition, Mr. Donnell will represent OPAL Fuels at industry trade organizations, host key sustainability events, and help coordinate regulatory relations efforts.
“At OPAL Fuels, we are focused on helping fleets navigate their decarbonization goals while also saving significantly on their total cost of operations – RNG can do that today,” said Adam Comora, Co-CEO of OPAL Fuels. “We welcome Hugh to the team and are excited about the experience and capabilities he brings that will help grow our company through the increased adoption of renewable natural gas and, in the future, green hydrogen produced from RNG.”
Mr. Donnell brings to OPAL Fuels three decades of sales growth and management experience at Cummins, an industry leader in clean, reliable, renewable natural gas engines. In his most recent role at Cummins Westport, reporting to the President of CWI Joint Venture, he was responsible for the business growth and market development of renewable natural gas engines, which included working closely with state and federal government air quality agencies. Additionally, Mr. Donnell brings extensive experience in and a thorough understanding of alternative technologies for on-highway goods movement.
“I look forward to collaborating with the team at OPAL Fuels to advance RNG adoption as a ‘right now’ sustainability solution with renewable natural gas engines and future technologies powered by green hydrogen,” said Mr. Donnell. “The team’s depth and breadth of expertise to execute on a robust pipeline of RNG projects is core to our ability to meet the fast-growing demand for cost-effective, low- and ultra-low carbon renewable fuel solutions.”
RNG is an abundant and proven low-cost, low-carbon fuel, chemically identical to the natural gas Americans use to cook and heat their homes, with one critical difference: it's not a fossil fuel pumped from the ground. Instead, RNG is created by capturing and purifying methane emissions from decomposed organic matter created by landfill and animal waste.