France’s government-owned La Poste Group and energy company ENGIE, via its wholly owned subsidiary GNVert, will cooperate to design refueling solutions for certain La Poste fleets of natural gas and hydrogen vehicles. Together they will develop various eco-mobility projects that make use of natural gas and biomethane (renewable natural gas), helping to achieve their green and sustainable mobility goals.
Philippe Wahl, Chief Executive Officer of La Poste group, and Isabelle Kocher, Chief Executive Officer of ENGIE, signed a cooperation agreement to develop the projects, in particular through the use of Vehicle Natural Gas, an alternative fuel with recognized environmental and economic advantages, and hydrogen, a promising fuel that offers good driving range that emits only water vapour. Their European scale agreement covers 5 years.
The objective for La Poste Group is to establish its leadership in sustainable mobility by prioritizing large-scale use of low CO2 fuel emission vehicles, making a significant contribution to reducing air and noise pollution in cities. Through GNVert, the partnership will enable ENGIE to contribute to the development of the promising alternative fuels market, based on fuels that are less CO2 emitting and without particulates. The agreement also establishes conditions necessary for the development of biomethane fuel (bioVNG), a renewable natural gas fuel derived from methanization of waste.
At the same time, La Poste Group and ENGIE commit to collaborate on an awareness campaign and coordinated communications on eco-mobility in conjunction with the energy transition.
For the past year, La Poste Group has been involved in developing natural gas vehicles (NGVs) for use throughout France. The Group has already deployed 40 light ans used to make final-kilometre express package deliveries and will have a hundred in circulation by the end of the year. La Poste understands CNG technology can cover the entire range of vans and express parcel and a wide selection of trucks.
In April this year La Poste also took delivery of a Renault Trucks D WIDE CNG (Euro 6 NGT9 / 6 cylinder / 9 liters / 320 hp) for deployment at Rungis transport agency, which will provide CNG mail transport links and packages to Paris and the inner suburbs.
To accelerate the adoption of alternative fuels, the ENGIE Group has decided to invest up to €100 million over five years to develop natural gas fuel for trucks in Europe.