Hugh Donnell Joins OPAL Fuels as Senior Vice President of Business Development and Sustainability
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – (April 4, 2022) – OPAL Fuels LLC, a vertically integrated producer and distributor of renewable natural gas (RNG), today 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.
About OPAL Fuels LLC
OPAL Fuels LLC, a Fortistar portfolio company, is a leading vertically integrated renewable fuels platform involved in the production and distribution of renewable natural gas (RNG) for the heavy-duty truck market. RNG is a proven low-carbon fuel that is rapidly decarbonizing the transportation industry now while also significantly reducing costs for fleet owners. OPAL Fuels captures harmful methane emissions at the source and recycles the trapped energy into a commercially viable, lower-cost alternative to diesel fuel. OPAL Fuels also develops and constructs RNG and hydrogen fueling stations. As a producer and distributor of carbon-reducing fuel for heavy-duty truck fleets for more than a decade, the company delivers best-in-class, complete renewable solutions to customers and production partners. To learn more about OPAL Fuels and how it is leading the effort to capture North America’s harmful methane emissions and decarbonize the transportation industry, please visit www.opalfuels.com and follow the company on LinkedIn and Twitter at @OPALFuels.
OPAL Fuels also previously announced an agreement for a business combination with ArcLight Clean Transition Corp. II (Nasdaq: ACTD) (“ArcLight”), which is expected to result in OPAL Fuels becoming a public company listed on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange in second quarter of 2022, subject to customary closing conditions.
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ArcLight has filed with the SEC a Registration Statement on Form S-4 (as amended, the “Registration Statement”), which includes a preliminary proxy statement/prospectus of ArcLight, in connection with the proposed merger transaction (the “Business Combination”) involving ArcLight and OPAL Fuels. After the Registration Statement is declared effective, ArcLight will mail a definitive proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant documents to stockholders of ArcLight as of a record date to be established for voting on the Business Combination. ArcLight’s stockholders and other interested persons are advised to read, the preliminary proxy statement/prospectus, and amendments thereto, and, when available, the definitive proxy statement/prospectus in connection with ArcLight’s solicitation of proxies for its stockholders’ meeting to be held to approve the Business Combination because the proxy statement/prospectus will contain important information about ArcLight, OPAL Fuels and the Business Combination. Stockholders will also be able to obtain copies of the Registration Statement, without charge, once available, at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. In addition, the documents filed by ArcLight may be obtained free of charge from ArcLight at https://www.arclightclean.com or by directing a request to: ArcLight Clean Transition Corp. II, 200 Clarendon Street, 55th Floor, Boston, MA 02116.
Participants in the Solicitation
ArcLight, OPAL Fuels and their respective directors, executive officers, other members of management and employees, under SEC rules, may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies of ArcLight’s shareholders in connection with the Business Combination. Investors and security holders may obtain more detailed information regarding the names and interests in the Business Combination of ArcLight’s directors and officers, and OPAL Fuels’ directors and executive officers, in ArcLight’s filings with the SEC, including the Registration Statement.
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