Iveco, the commercial vehicles brand of CNH Industrial N.V., and the Italian Biogas Consortium (CIB – Consorzio Italiano Biogas) have entered into an agreement which covers the supply of Iveco natural gas and biomethane vehicles to Consortium-registered companies. This action marks the beginning of the collaborative effort of two leading Italian players in the alternative fuels industry, united by the common goal of reducing CO2 emissions.
Details of their collaboration to promote the use of alternative fuels were announced during the “Stati Generali del Biogas” (Biogas General Assembly) conference that opened the Biogas Italy event held in Rome on 25 and 26 February.
Biomethane, also referred to as renewable natural gas, is an advanced biofuel obtained from the biogas upgrading process, and can be used at no additional cost in vehicles powered by natural gas. Europe has acknowledged the strategic value of this biofuel for the transport sector and for its contribution to compliance with Directive 2009/28/EC on renewable energy sources. The Directive stipulates that a mandatory 10% minimum target must be achieved by all Member States for the share of biofuels in transport petrol and diesel consumption by 2020.
Mihai Daderlat, Iveco Business Director for the Italian Market, made the following comment: “On this occasion, we are proud to be able to highlight the competitive advantage offered by Iveco. With the most complete range of natural gas-powered vehicles on the market and 25 years of experience in the alternative traction sector, we are now able to meet the increasingly rigorous demands of environmentally-conscious stakeholders in the transport sector, including those of all of our customers and the communities in which they operate”.
During the second edition of Biogas Italy, Michele Ziosi, CNH Industrial Head of Institutional Relations for the EMEA and Asia Pacific Region, spoke about the current situation with regard to biomethane in Europe and in Italy, and provided insights into the strategic role that CNH Industrial has to play in developing this market.