First-of-its-Kind Guidance for U.S. CNG Vehicle Maintenance Facilities

| USA, Washington DC | Source: NGVAmerica
Clean Energy NGV Easy Bay Vapour Barrier System

Clean Energy NGV Easy Bay Vapour Barrier System

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program has published a new first-of-its-kind guidance document, the Compressed Natural Gas Vehicle Maintenance Facility Modifications Handbook, which covers all aspects of indoor CNG vehicle maintenance facility considerations. Read more »

Mexico Publishes New CNG Standard

| Mexico, Mexico City

SEMARNAT, through the National Agency of Industrial Safety and Protection of the Environment of the Hydrocarbons Sector, published the Official Mexican Standard NOM-010-ASEA-2016 (Standard), Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) on August 23. Included are statements about the minimum safety requirements for supply stations for motor vehicles. Read more »

Sweden’s Extensive Safety Regime Ensures NGV Security

| Sweden, Stockholm

Servicing NGVs in SwedenSwedish trade associations Energigas Sweden and BIL Sweden have issued a press release addressing media reports that infer a disproportionately high number of accidents for vehicles powered by natural gas, supposedly due to lower safety thresholds. “That’s not right,” they say, emphasizing security issues are always top priority for the natural gas vehicle (NGV) sector. Read more »

Mujica Assumes Role as ISO Secretary-General

| Switzerland, Geneva

Sergio Mujica ISO Sec GenMr Sergio Mujica has taken up his appointment as new Secretary-General (CEO) of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), having spent 7 years at the World Custom’s Organization (WCO) as Deputy Secretary-General. As an organization in liaison with ISO, NGV Global welcomes Mr Mujica and looks forward to furthering the safe adoption of methane-powered transportation under his leadership. 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 »

ABS Guide for LNG Bunkering Published

| USA, Houston TX
LNG Bunkering (Image: ABS)

LNG Bunkering (Image: ABS)

American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), a leading provider of classification and technical services to the marine and offshore industries, has published ABS Guide for LNG Bunkering. This new Guide provides standards for the design, construction and survey of LNG bunkering systems that are on board a vessel. Read more »

CNG and LNG Approved as Fuel for Transporting Dangerous Goods (ADR)

 | Source: NGV Global

ADR PictogramsThe last hurdle towards legalizing Natural Gas as a fuel for trucks transporting dangerous goods was lifted last week in Geneva. NGV Global’s Executive Director, Diego Goldin, says: “This sends a positive signal that using natural gas as a transport fuel is rightly considered safe, even for transporting dangerous products.”  Read more »

Europe Prepares Uniform Regs for Inland Waterway Vessels, LNG Fuel Included

| Europe
Bunkering LNG - Image WPCI

(Image courtesy of WPCI)

The technical requirements for inland waterway vessels are soon to be standardised across the whole of Europe. For users of inland waterways in the EU, this brings an end to legal inequality due to the different technical standards in place on the Rhine, at the same time addressing the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as an alternative fuel for waterways. Read more »

European Parliament Allows Car Emissions Test Update

| Europe, Brussels
Next step: RDE Test Hearing Feb 23, 2016

Next: RDE Test Hearing Feb 23, 2016

The European Parliament at the 18-21 January plenary session in Strasbourg, paved the way for the introduction of a Real Driving Emissions (RDE) procedure in order to bring down NOx emissions from cars, effectively approving a transitional relaxation of emissions limits. “We have avoided uncertainties, because industry now has strict but sustainable deadlines to meet. In Europe, we will have better air quality for our citizens without losing jobs”, said Environment Committee chair Giovanni La Via (EPP, IT). Read more »

UNECE WP.15 Approves Gaseous Fuels on ADR-Certified Trucks

| Switzerland, Geneva

Another step in the direction of ‘equalizing’ opportunities for gaseous fuels with petroleum liquids was made at the United Nations in Geneva on 11-12 November 2015 when UNECE Working Party 15 on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (WP.15) passed an amendment allowing the use of gaseous fuels on ADR-certified (dangerous goods) trucks. NGV Global, working collaboratively with the AEGPL (European LPG Association), successfully advocated adding CNG and LPG to the list of approved fuels for ADR trucks. This follows a successful effort by NGV Global in 2014 to include LNG as a fuel for ADR-certified trucks. Read more »