Renewable Methane – Clean Fuel for Today and Tomorrow

| USA, Santa Monica CA

Arthur Daniels Midland - wastewater ponds generate methaneRenewable Natural Gas (RNG), also known as biogas, biomethane and bio-CNG, with various identifying brand names such as Redeem used by Clean Energy Fuels Corporation, is undoubtedly a fuel with high quality environmental characteristics.  But just how clean is methane as a fuel for transportation? Where does RNG come from? And should policymakers focus on it or leave it out of the evolving energy matrix? California-based clean transportation and energy consulting firm Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA) argues for inclusion, and with good reason. Read more »

California’s NGV Coalition to Ramp Up Regulatory Engagement for 2018

| USA, Sacramento CA

NGV truckThe California Natural Gas Vehicles Coalition (CNGVC)’s board of directors has set a course for 2018 that prioritizes intensive engagement with California’s regulatory process and includes sponsoring near-zero-emission vehicle legislation. Objectives are to extend NGV incentive funding, improve existing programs, and protect and encourage investments in natural gas fuel technologies.  Read more »

SoCalGas Supports Policy to Reduce Short-lived Climate Pollutants

| USA, Los Angeles CA

California RNG signThe California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) last week issued details of its plan to implement Senate Bill 1383, the Short-Lived Climate Pollutants bill, which aims to reduce emissions of potent greenhouse gasses. The bill requires state agencies to adopt policies and incentives to significantly increase the sustainable production and use of renewable gas. Read more »

Spain Approves Incentives for Alt-Fuel Vehicle Purchases

| Spain, Madrid

Spain_IDAE-logoSpain’s Ministry of Energy, Tourism and the Digital Agenda, through the IDAE, last month approved the provision of €35 million (USD 41.5m) for actions aimed at promoting alternative and efficient mobility, which includes an incentive of 20 million euros for the purchase of alternative fuel vehicles ( LPG, natural gas, electricity and fuel cell). Read more »

French Government Plans to Boost Port Competitiveness with LNG Marine Fuel

| France, Le Havre

Edouard Phillipe CMA at AEM2017Participants at the Assises de la Economie de la Mer at Le Havre this week were addressed by Édouard Philippe, Prime Minister of France, who shared his vision of a revitalised French maritime sector. With its ports far from dominant in European and international trade, new thinking, supportive policy and and a clear focus on new energy, in particular, LNG marine fuel, are required, the PM said. Read more »

NGVA Europe: EC Mobility Package Needs Expansion

| Brussels, Belgium

NGVA Europe: for sustainable mobilityWell-to-wheel approach can accelerate transition to transport decarbonisation

NGVA Europe welcomes the publication of the EU Commission’s second part of the Mobility Package but says the tailpipe emissions approach is discriminatory and limiting. It is calling for a more comprehensive approach to be introduced for assessing environmental benefits from mobility solutions. Read more »

ETI Report: Tax Stability the Key to Natural Gas for HDVs in UK

| United Kingdom, Loughborough

ETI Study 2017 - Tax Key to NG HDVsA new report released at the beginning of this month by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI), a public-private partnership between global energy and engineering companies and the UK Government, will help support industry and government to make decisions about the future economic and environmental impact of using natural gas as an HDV fuel. Read more »

Legislation Moves Natural Gas to Professional Fuel Status in France

| France, Paris
Air Liquide LCNG Station in Duttlenheim

Air Liquide LCNG Station in Duttlenheim

An increasing number of road transport operators have chosen natural gas fuel in the Alpine valleys of France to contribute to the emergence of clean mobility that preserves the quality of the air. Until now, users of this fuel have not been eligible for an excise consideration and are therefore financially disadvantaged compared to their competitors who use diesel. Read more »

NGVAmerica Submits Comments to U.S. EPA, CARB re GHG Standards

| USA, Washington DC | Source: NGVAmerica

Logo-USA_NGVAmericaLast week, NGVAmerica submitted comments in response to the U.S. EPA’s request for information concerning its review of the 2022 – 2025 greenhouse gas standards for light duty vehicles. The agency is currently revisiting a decision by the Obama Administration under the Mid-term Review. Read more »

Italy Updates Alt-Fuel Incentives for Road Freight Sector

| Italy, Rome
LNG Valtellina Logistica Sostenibile project

The Maganetti Group operates Iveco LNG Trucks

Italy’s Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport (MIT) gazetted on August 1st two decrees relating to alternative-fuelled road transportation: Decree No. 305 (20 June 2017) promulgating 2017 investment incentives for the road transport sector and the Implementing Decree (17 July 2017).  Read more »