Proposed U.S. Federal Fuel Efficiency Rules Suggests NGVs Part of Climate Change Solution

| USA: Washington DC

The recently-released proposed fuel efficiency requirements for light-duty vehicles by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggest that natural gas is an important part of the climate change battle. It reflects significant work by Natural Gas Vehicles for America (NGVAmerica) and other natural gas vehicle (NGV) advocates. Read more »

Raft of Legislation Pushes for NGV Parity in U.S.

| USA: Mount Vernon OH and Blue Bell PA

Ariel at City-of-Columbus CNG West StationIn the U.S., there has been enduring discontent within the natural gas vehicle industry about a legislative environment that delivers inequitable opportunity, often seen to favour newer alternative fuels over natural gas. That position is being addressed by new legislation, introduced by Sen. James Inhofe last week, which directs United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to incentivize natural gas vehicles (NGV). Industry stakeholders such as Ariel Corporation and VNG.co and the national natural gas vehicle association NGVAmerica have added their support by applauding the initiative. House bill (H.R. 6476) has also been introduced as a companion to the Senate bill (S.3226). Read more »

Delhi Government Defines Approved Fuels for a Cleaner City

| India: New Delhi

India’s Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has welcomed the much awaited notification of the ‘List of approved fuels permissible for use within the borders of the NCT of Delhi’, issued by the Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi at the end of last month. The notification mandates use of cleaner fuels and bars all toxic and polluting fuels from being used in the city. Read more »

EU Adopts HDV CO2 Emissions Regulation with Room for Improvement

| Europe: Brussels

HDGAS imageThe first ever EU legislation on CO2 emissions of new heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) registered in the EU, formally adopted Jun 25, requires emissions for Categories N2 and N3 and certain other vehicle types to be monitored and reported from 1 January 2019. The VECTO tool is adopted as the measurement tool but does it go far enough? Read more »

Associations Argue Affordable Solutions Essential on Path to Lower Emissions

| Belgium: Brussels

Logo-GasNaturallyRepresenting major gas associations in Europe, GasNaturally calls on European Parliament committees to factor in the benefits of gas in transport when voting on the CO2 targets for cars proposal in July and September. It argues for technology neutrality, a term often used by the EC but not, platform members as in transport is a mature and available technology, and it is a cost-efficient solution to reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality. Read more »

Natural Gas for Trucks Promoted by German Transport Ministry

| Germany: Berlin
Iveco Stralis NP at Ulm LNG Station by Liqvis

First LNG Station in Germany (Ulm, 2016)

Germany’s Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer earlier this month presented funding guidelines for subsidies for energy-efficient, low-carbon trucks using Compressed (CNG) and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). Transport companies are now awaiting notice about commencement from the Federal Office for Freight Transport (BAG) as fund manager, expected mid-July. Strong interest is anticipated. Read more »

Regulatory Barriers to Hydrogen Infrastructure to be Assessed in USA

| USA: Washington DC

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced increased collaboration with stakeholders to reduce regulatory barriers on the development of hydrogen infrastructure. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Daniel Simmons announced a new  Request for Information (RFI) to foster this united effort with industry. Read more »

Transport the Central Focus of EU’s CEF Budget for the Future

| Belgium: Brussels
EU_CEF Budget Distribution 2021-2027

2021-2027 CEF Budget Allocation

The European Union argues that without its support, private operators and national authorities have insufficient incentives to carry out large infrastructure projects with a cross-border impact and to roll–out European-wide interoperable systems and services. Thus it is that with a proposed budget of €42.3 billion for seven years (2021-2027), the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) will support a new round of projects, of which 72% of the purse has been allocated to transport.  Read more »

Gas Parity Bill Introduced in USA

| USA: Washington DC

Logo-USA_NGVAmericaIn March this year, Daniel Gage, President of NGVAmerica, went to Washington to argue for parity for natural gas compared to other emerging fuel-related technologies. Gage and his team have subsequently applauded legislation (H.R. 5959) introduced last week by U.S. Representatives Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) and John Larson (D-CT) intended to expand the use of clean alternative transportation fuels and bring parity to natural gas alternative fueled vehicles.  Read more »

NGVA Europe Comments on Proposed CO2-limiting Regulations for HDVs

| Belgium: Brussels | Source: NGVA Europe

Sweden traffic imageThe European Commission has proposed new limits to CO2 emissions from heavy-duty vehicles. NGVA Europe says the proposed targets represent a real challenge for the industry: average CO2 emissions from new lorries and tractors foresee an intermediate step already in 2025 with a reduction of 15% compared to 2019. The proposal further seeks to make the reduction 30% by 2030. Read more »