Cummins Westport President Jim Arthurs accepted one of the ‘Energy Security Prize,’ Advanced Technology Awards from Securing America's Future Energy (SAFE). The award was presented at the OPEC Oil Embargo +40 – a one-day energy security summit held on the 40th anniversary of the 1973 OPEC oil embargo.
|Photo Courtesy of Securing America's Future Energy (SAFE): Dr. Henry Kissinger, former National Security Adviser and Secretary of State, at the OPEC Oil Embargo +40 Energy Summit.|
Cummins Westport engines have been adopted by leading transit agencies, waste management companies and truck fleets and use 100 per cent compressed, liquefied or renewable natural gas.
“Both of Cummins Westport's parent companies - Cummins Inc. and Westport Innovations Inc. - have been pioneers in the use of natural gas for transportation for more than 20 years,” Jim said. “Our joint venture has been a major force in commercializing these engines and making them available for use in transit, refuse and truck applications in both North America and around the world.”
“Companies like Cummins Westport have shown that it can be done, and that what's good for energy security is also good for business,” said Robbie Diamond, Founder and President of SAFE. “We're excited by their leadership and appreciate their perseverance in diversifying our country’s transportation fuels and improving its efficiency.”
The summit brought together business and political leaders to discuss the state of U.S. energy security and the most promising technological solutions to reduce U.S. oil dependence. One of the day’s sessions titled: The Transportation Challenge: Who Can Beat Oil? featured Chairman of BP Capital Management T. Boone Pickens and President and CEO of Waste Management David P. Steiner, among others.
Other attendees included Dr. Henry Kissinger, former National Security Advisor and Secretary of State, and Frederick W. Smith, Chairman, President and CEO of FedEx Corporation.