Gasrec Implores UK Government to Stop Ignoring Natural Gas for HGVs

| United Kingdom, London

Gasrec StationThe UK Government’s recent announcement of a 23 year timeline for action on diesel and petrol cars has drawn comment from Gasrec, a leading supplier of liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel for road transport in North West Europe. Gasrec implores the government to wake up to the opportunities presented by natural gas that are available right now. Read more »

Time to Talk Diesel Alternatives in Germany

| Germany, Berlin
Volkswagen Polo 2017 (2) World Premier

Volkswagen Polo 2017

This week in Berlin, the “National Diesel Forum” was convened at the invitation of the Ministry of Transport and the Environment. Several advocates for natural gas fueled transportation raised their voices, including Dr. Timm Kehler, CEO of zukunft ERDGAS: “In all the discussions about diesel, we must not forget that we have an environmentally friendly, immediately usable engine with natural gas. This potential must not be left unused,” he urged. Read more »

Sustainable Public Transport Advances in Ireland

| Ireland, Cork

Gas Networks Ireland logoNatural Gas offers up to 22% CO2 saving over diesel, 99% reduction in particulate matter and significant noise reduction

The announcement by the National Transport Authority that Ireland’s public transport fleet will begin the journey to sustainability, has been welcomed by Gas Networks Ireland.  The Cork-based gas company has called on Ireland’s Public Transport operators to move towards Natural Gas and ultimately Renewable Gas as the fuel of choice in Ireland’s public transport fleet. Read more »

USCG Guides Simultaneous Operations During LNG Fuel Transfer

| USA, Washington DC
Tote Maritime LNG bunkering in port

LNG bunkering in port (Image: TOTE Maritime)

The United States Coast Guard’s Office of Operating and Environmental Standards (CG-OES) issued a policy letter late June this year, providing guidance for evaluating Simultaneous Operations (SIMOPS) during Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Fuel Transfer Operations at waterfront facilities. Read more »

New Texas Bill Says Government Fleets Must Buy Alt-Fuel

| USA, Austin TX

In the U.S. State of Texas, the Texas Fuels bill recently passed through both the House (HB 1979) and Senate (SB 26). The legislation provides state grants for government entities with more than 15 vehicles to purchase vehicles that use natural gas. State Rep. Brooks Landgraf, co-sponsor of the bill, said that for the first time, Texas will commit to providing state grants for governmental entities to purchase vehicles that utilize the abundant natural gas widely found in the state. Read more »

Time for Policy Change in Nigeria, NIPCO Argues

| Nigeria, Lagos
NIPCO CNG Station (Sapele)

NIPCO CNG Station (Sapele)

Nigeria has an abundance of natural gas yet it continues to import liquid fuel at high cost for its energy requirements, particularly for vehicle fuel. It is this paradox that was discussed when members of the Nigerian Gas Association (NGA) met in Lagos last week to focus on the prospect of converting the transportation sector to natural gas. Read more »

TEN-T Progress Report: Alt-Fuels Development Better Positioned

| Europe, Brussels

EC LogoThe European Commission has published it’s Progress Report on implementation of the trans-European transport network (TEN-T) in 2014-2015, delivered to the European Parliament, the Council, and associated committees. As part of its overarching mandate, the TEN-T policy paves the way for the future of the transport system, notably through facilities that stimulate low-emission solutions, new-generation service concepts and other fields of technological innovation. Read more »

Portugal Issues Decree to Establish Alt-Fuel Framework

| Portugal, Lisbon
Portugal Dourogas LCNG filling station at Carregado

Dourogas LCNG filling station at Carregado

Portugal’s Council of Ministers has published Decree/Law 60:2017, promulgated on June 8, that creates the policy environment to set in place a national framework for the implementation of alternative fuel networks across the country. linking with its European neighbours. This Decree-Law, which transposes Directive 2014/94/EU into the national legal order, reflects Portugal’s commitment to the objectives of the European Union in this area. Read more »

Michigan Close to Adopting Federal Weight Exemption for HD NGVs

| USA, Lansing MI

Lansing, Michigan State GovernmentIn the U.S. State of Michigan, where trucking accounts for about 65 percent of the tonnage moved, natural gas fuelled commercial vehicles are making a real difference to transport-related emissions. A bill, introduced earlier this year to remove one barrier to increased adoption of natural gas — the 80,000 pounds weight limit — has now entered its third and final reading on the way to being adopted into State law. Read more »