Following the provisional deal with the Council of 11 February 2019, the European Parliament formally adopted the reform of the Clean Vehicles Directive (CVD) on April 18. It will incentivise the market for zero- and low-emission vehicles by encouraging their use in public procurement. NGVA Europe, the trade association representing the interests of natural and renewable gas for mobility in Europe, applauds the improved acknowledgement of the benefits of utilising natural gas fuel.
Background (Source: EU Briefing)
Transport is the only sector in the EU that has not recorded a significant decline in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions since 1990. GHG emissions in the EU transport sector have increased since 2014. In 2016, they were 25% above 1990 levels (including international aviation but excluding maritime shipping).
Of all transport modes in the EU, road transport generates the largest share of GHG emissions (72.9 % in 2016) and is responsible for around 20 % of the EU’s total GHG emissions.
Road transport was responsible for 78 % of EU oil consumption in 2015. Energy consumption in road transport was 23 % higher in 2015 than in 1990. The share of diesel used in road transport grew from 51 % in 2000 to more than 66 % in 2015.
The current Directive 2009/33/EC on the promotion of clean and energy-efficient road transport vehicles (Clean Vehicles Directive) is a public procurement-related instrument aiming to promote and incentivise the market for clean and energy-efficient road transport vehicles by ensuring a steady demand.
A review determined that the Directive was limited in its effect and resulted in too few vehicle procurements falling within its remit. Furthermore, the methodology tended to favour diesel vehicles, whose NO2 emissions have a negative impact on air quality objectives.
Proposed revisions by the European Commission were designed to promote clean mobility solutions in public procurement tenders and thereby raise the demand for, and the further deployment of, clean vehicles.
NGVA Europe Response
The revision sets out minimum procurement targets for clean light-duty vehicles, trucks and buses for 2025 and 2030. The targets are expressed as minimum percentages of clean vehicles in the total number of road transport vehicles covered by the aggregate of all procurement contracts and public service contracts.
Under the new rules, by 2030 up to 65% of new buses will have to be ‘clean’, as defined under the Directive on Alternative Fuels Infrastructure (DAFI). Half of this can be achieved through the use of natural gas vehicles. This enables also low GDP member states to be part of the transition very early, taking not only advantage of the low total cost of ownership (TCO), but also benefit from the highly competitive price of natural gas.
“During the negotiations, the benefits of the use of natural gas as transport fuel to achieve local air quality objectives has been recognized” – Andrea Gerini, Secretary General of NGVA Europe commented. “This should encourage cities and municipalities to include gmobility as cost-effective solution to renew their fleets. Natural gas vehicles contribute to increase air quality in cities, especially reducing NO2 and PM/PN. On top of this, thanks to renewable gas, gmobility offers an easy way to accelerate the decarbonisation process.”
NGVA Europe now calls upon the Member States to evaluate and coordinate the synergies of this decision with existing policies. National plans are key to ensure that the new targets will be reached and to amplify the decarbonisation objective by blending a higher share of renewable gas such as biomethane.
The Natural & bio Gas Vehicle Association (NGVA Europe) launched the gmobility community platform on April 15. It aims to inform and discuss the benefits of gas in transport to and with customers, providing valuable fact-driven information and answering all possible questions of costumers.
gmobility addresses the benefits that gas offers to reduce transport emissions, improving air quality in a sustainable and practical way while already available today. The platform offers regularly published blogs, podcasts, videos, an information hub and more. Users are welcome to interact and discuss through social media.
“We know that natural and renewable gas is a sustainable, practical and affordable solution to decarbonise the transport sector in Europe. We want to highlight the best practices and solutions already available through our new gmobility platform.” – Andrea Gerini, Secretary General of NGVA Europe.
gmobility website: gmobility.eu