Madrid Taxis Move to Green in 2018

| Spain, Madrid

Madrid taxis 2017The City Council of Madrid has determined that as of January 1, 2018 all vehicles that are acquired to provide a taxi service, except the Eurotaxi, must be ecological, that is, they will have to be labeled ECO or ZERO emissions from the General Directorate of Traffic. This is one of the points of the modification of the Taxi Ordinance that has initially approved on Thursday 31 August, by the Governing Board. Read more »

Germany’s BMVI Funds LNG as Maritime Fuel

| Germany, Berlin
Fassmer Werft - Atair II - Research Vessel

BMVI leads the LNG seachange with Atair II

Germany’s Federal Ministry for Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) is now promoting the upgrading and conversion of seagoing vessels to liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel. The aim of the new funding program is to promote the use of LNG in German maritime shipping. The funds are made available from the mobility and fuel strategy (MKS). Read more »

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 »