At a World Energy Council conference in Trevi, Perugia last week, CNH Industrial Corporate Communications shared its vision of energy changes with attending institutions and journalists. From FPT Industrial’s natural gas engines to IVECO’s Natural Power vehicles and New Holland Agriculture’s methane tractor prototypes, CNH Industrial demonstrated that positive changes are already under way.
Organized by World Energy Council Italy and Globe (Italy’s National Climate Association), the conference was attended by representatives of institutions, universities, public bodies and research entities, as well as numerous leading energy companies and other commercial entities, including CNH Industrial. It was entitled “Energy between facts, communication and communities. Towards a shared national energy strategy.”
The event mainly addressed information providers with the intention of helping journalists and media organizations to report on the energy transition that is in progress. CNH Industrial supported the event mainly by sharing experiences and knowledge in its areas of competence, namely the transport of goods and people, and agriculture.
“The national energy strategy is geared towards environmental objectives,” said Mr. Gian Luca Galletti, Italy’s Minister of the Environment and Protection of Land and Sea, “which demonstrates how the environment and sustainability are now at the heart of every initiative and program.”
In his speech, Mr. Carlo Lambro, a member of CNH Industrial’s Group Executive Council and Brand President of New Holland Agriculture, illustrated the pioneering role of New Holland: “We were the first to talk about the energy independent farm,” pointed out Mr. Lambro, “which is able to meet all its own energy needs independently by transforming crops and processing waste into biomethane and electrical energy, thus initiating a virtuous circle.”
Michele Ziosi, CNH Industrial’s Head of Institutional Relations Europe, Middle East and Africa, and moderator for a session which focused on energy and the fight against climate change, stressed that “sustainable mobility is at the heart of the national energy strategy. In this context, natural gas is a key pillar for further reducing environmental impact and giving new impetus to the production chain of this precious resource, without counting the additional potential offered by biomethane to both transport and agriculture.”
Federico Gaiazzi, Head of Marketing for FPT Industrial, gave a speech entitled “Energy future: scenarios for markets, technologies, innovation”. Referring to the Cursor 9 NG (Natural Gas) engine, Mr. Gaiazzi reaffirmed FPT Industrial’s leadership: “We have a comprehensive range of natural gas engines ranging from 3 to 9 litres, which already allow us to achieve extraordinary energy and emission efficiencies. The Cursor 9 NG manages to cuts CO2 emissions by 14% and completely eliminates particulate emissions, while delivering the same performance as conventional combustion engines.”
Similarly, Massimo Santori, who spoke on behalf of IVECO, also emphasized the need to focus on natural gas. “We maintain that power should depend on the transporter’s mission: urban or extra-urban, short-haul range or long-haul range. Therefore, we have a range of vehicles that can offer the right solution for every need. And we are aware that methane is currently the best sustainable alternative, and is already available in the liquefied natural gas version for long-haul range missions.”
The IVECO New Stralis NP is the first natural gas vehicle designed for long- distance missions, thanks to two liquefied natural gas tanks that give it a range autonomy of 1500 km. These vehicles reduce CO2 emissions by as much as 15%, or up to 95% with biomethane. An IVECO Stralis Natural Power truck owned by LC3, a company specializing in temperature-controlled freight and container transport, was on display in front of Villa Fabri, where the conference was being hosted. Also on display were the New Stralis NP and FPT Industrial’s Cursor 9 NG and a New Holland tractor.
The event concluded on Saturday May 20 with the drafting of a document containing all the information and recommendations that emerged during the three-day conference. This “Trevi Charter” will be delivered to the environment ministers of the world’s most leading industrialized countries on June 7, so that they can refer to it when convening for the G7 Energy Ministerial Meeting in Bologna. Indeed, while it is important for countries to change their approach towards the production and use of energy, it is equally important to be able to communicate this change to all citizens, in order to actively involve them in the overall energy transition process.
(Source: CNH Industrial)