The 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.”
Dr. Jeffrey Seisler represented NGV Global’s position at the meeting, working closely with AEGPL, with whom NGV Global has enjoyed a fruitful partnership since the very beginning of this campaign.
The NGV Global group of experts (comprised of technical representatives of our member associations) provided supporting information through the whole process, including addressing last minute concerns on the quantity equivalents for LNG and CNG that would compare to diesel fuel quantity limitations in the original ADR. Close contact and collaboration with NGVA Europe and NGV Italy were also very valuable in attaining this result.
The German ministry proposal of allowing for gaseous fuels the energy equivalent of the maximum quantity allowed for diesel was eventually adopted.
This great achievement now provides legal clarity for the natural gas for transportation industry to use natural gas as a fuel for road tankers across Europe, and by extension, to many other countries adopting ADR.
Goldin explains the ADR revision applies by extension to all natural gas vehicles (NGVs), regardless of whether they carry dangerous goods or not.
The new regulation will be effective starting January 2017.
ADR is an acronym for “Accord européen relatif au transport international des marchandises Dangereuses par Route”, being the European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road.
This news has been adapted from an NGV Global NewsFlash sent to members and associate members last week. As done for the ADR revision, all members receive early notification of opportunity to participate in the development of drafts and revisions to standards. They also receive other technical updates and Member Bulletins from time to time. Inquiries are welcomed by email to [email protected].