The sustainability program at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is taking another big step with this week’s groundbreaking of a new public compressed natural gas fueling station.  St. Louis–based The Laclede Group and Siemens are launching Spire natural gas fueling solutions with its first station to be built at Lambert’s Super Park Lot C facility just off of Interstate 70 at Cypress.

Spire will be open to the public with a focus to serve the region’s growing number of company fleet vehicles operating on compressed natural gas (CNG.) Natural gas is less expensive and more environmentally friendly than gasoline.

“Natural gas is the right fuel in the right place at the right time. Natural gas, and specifically compressed natural gas is helping fleet managers save money every day,” said Susanne Sitherwood, President and CEO, The Laclede Group. “We are making history today. This station is just the first of many.”

The Airport currently operates two CNG stations for its Airport vehicles and parking shuttles and has been providing CNG fueling services for some St. Louis companies. Lambert reached out through a request for proposals process to facilitate the construction of a third fueling facility because of growing demand for fueling services in the region.

“With more than 50 percent of our fleet running on CNG and other alternative fuels, we truly believe in this project,” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge.  “We’re proud to be the first location, the flagship for Spire, giving companies and motorists in St. Louis easy access to CNG.”

The Laclede Group and Siemens will launch the Spire station by the end of the year.