The signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation on July 11 this year by the European Commission and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan, has opened the way for Italian vehicle manufacturer IVECO to support the development of sustainable natural gas transport of people and goods in Japan. The company says its pioneering history and extensive order book position it to be a key player in Japan’s natural gas transport market.
Natural gas represents today the cheapest, cleanest and lowest noise alternative to diesel engines, offering a direct bridge to renewable fuels thanks to the biogas (renewable natural gas). The initiative reflects IVECO’s strong commitment to sustainability and to the global fight against greenhouse gas emissions.
The first step in IVECO’s plan is the signing on September 6 of a Memorandum of Understanding with transport and logistics operator Ryobi Holdings, which opens discussions on a cooperation for the supply of IVECO trucks and buses. In addition to providing vehicles, IVECO will supply its chassis, technologies and engineering support, for Ryobi Holdings to assemble with the bodies it will manufacture. The cooperation will also include after-sales support and technical assistance, to be provided by Ryobi Holdings.
This first agreement kicks off IVECO’s overall strategy, which adopts a holistic approach to extend to the full natural gas supply chain. The brand aims to set up further partnerships with natural gas suppliers and transporters so that, as the natural gas transport vehicle market develops, the necessary infrastructure is in place to support it.
EU-Japan Memorandum of Cooperation
IVECO’s announcement comes on the back of the Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) signed by the European Commission and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan on July 11, 2017, signed by Mr. Hiroshige Seko, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, and H.E. Mr. Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy. The MoC — Promoting and Establishing a Liquid, Flexible and Transparent Global Liquefied Natural Gas Market — recognises the increase in LNG demand and considers forms of cooperation that include the development of advanced technologies for the use of LNG powertrains in road and maritime transport.
IVECO anticipated several recommendations made by the 2016 G20 action plan to enhance energy access in Asia and the Pacific. Also the European Commission communication “European Strategy for Low-Emission Mobility” recognize the significant role that natural gas can play in the transition towards a low greenhouse gas emission energy future – with the latter going further and identifying this fuel as the most sustainable and immediately available solution.
With 22,000 units sold, today IVECO is the absolute market and technology leader in natural gas commercial vehicles and it is the only manufacturer to offer a full line powered by this sustainable fuel – from light commercial vehicles to heavy-duty long-haul trucks and buses.
The company’s natural gas commercial vehicles include the Daily NP that adds the advantages of the brand’s NP technology to all the benefits of the multi-award winning Daily family; the Eurocargo NP that takes the environmental performance of the Truck the City Likes to a new level with its clean and quiet operation; and the Stralis NP, which is the first truck to offer a true alternative to traditional fuel in longhaul missions.
It’s alternative traction buses include the Urbanway CNG low-floor city bus which sets high standards in comfort, capacity and Total Cost of Ownership to provide a truly sustainable solution for public transport networks. The Crealis CNG has gained recognition for offering best-in-class transportation for municipalities and perfect for Bus Rapid Transit systems.
Big cities across Europe are turning to NG buses for their public transport networks. Cities like Lille, in France, that runs a fleet of 482 IVECO natural gas buses. One third of them run on biogas, which the city produces directly in a plant that generates biomethane from municipal and green waste, ensuring truly carbon neutral operation of its IVECO natural gas bus fleet.