The Hungarian Natural Gas Vehicle Association, known as MGKKE (Magyar Gázüzemű Közlekedés Klaszter Egyesület) is a cluster of companies dedicated to promoting the use of clean and environmentally friendly gas-powered vehicles, including natural gas, biomethane and hydrogen, through shared resources and collective lobbying. Formed in April 2011, the company has attracted membership interest from a range of stakeholders including major gas suppliers, OEMs and scientific institutions. NGVA Europe reports the Hungarian association has now joined its own ranks.
MGKKE engages in technical knowledge transfer, provides publications and cooperates with policy makers in national and European projects in order to increase the public acceptance of NGVs and strengthen the role of gas fuelled transport. In particular it focuses on raising the share of gas powered vehicles in urban public transport to help improve local air quality and reduce noise levels in Hungarian cities. Oner of its objectives is therefore to increase the availability of refuelling infrastructure and, buy achieving this, limit the nation’s dependency on foreign oil.
NGVA Europe reports that in just one year the number of public filling-stations in Hungary has grown by 50 percent. Currently there are three public and 14 private compressed natural gas (CNG) filling stations in the country.
In December 2011 the Hungarian government introduced its Green Investment Scheme in the amount of HUF 260 million (USD 1.134 million) to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. This initiative provides public funding for CNG buses, investments in the CNG infrastructure and also reduces registration taxes for NGVs, boosting the role of CNG fleets in public transport. MGKKE welcomes the policy and gladly contributes its share to the successful introduction and implementation of gas as a fuel in Hungary.