Spanish energy company Gas Natural Services and the Madrid-based Cooperative Society of Auto Taxi Services (SCAT) have entered into an agreement to promote the use of Compressed Natural Gas (CN) among cooperatives. The agreement also includes initiatives such as the construction of CNG refueling infrastructure for taxis in the facilities of SCAT, among others.
The objective of the agreement is to promote different lines of action to boost gas vehicles among the nearly 13,000 cooperatives in this society, including the possibility of converting vehicles to CNG. The agreement was signed by Gas Natural Fenosa’s Energy Solutions Marketing Manager, Alberto Fariza, and Carlos Herrera, president of the Madrid-based Cooperative Society for Auto-Tax Services (SCAT).
According to SCAT, about 2,500 vehicles are renewed every year that can take advantage of alternative fuels such as natural gas.
Gas Natural Services will study the energy requirements of SCAT in order to prepare favourable economic fuel supply arrangements and incentives.
For its part SCAT will in collaboration with Gas Natural Services promote the competitive advantages of CNG among its cooperatives. It will also promote the transformation of vehicles to natural gas in their workshops.
The agreement comes months before the amendment of the Taxi Regulatory Ordinance promoted by the Madrid City Council, within its Air Quality Improvement Policy, enters into force. According to the Ordinance, which will enter into force on January 1, 2018, taxis that go into service from next year must be green and bear the label ECO and Zero Emissions.
The use of natural gas as fuel reduces emissions to the atmosphere and thus improves the air quality of cities. In this regard, it reduces by more than 85% the emissions of nitrogen oxide and helps to reduce by 24% the emissions of CO 2 – the main greenhouse gas – as well as practically all the particles in suspension. This energy, therefore, contributes to the fight against climate change.
On the other hand, natural gas vehicles reduce noise and vibration by 50% compared to diesel engines.
Source: Gas Natural Fenosa
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