The Netherlands has announced a new Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) incentive scheme. The scheme will offer an 18.7 Eurocent discount per kilogram of LNG purchased between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2021. The scheme is in line with the EU’s ambition to reduce freight transport emissions and seeks to support logistics companies that (are looking to) use a cleaner fuel source.
When the scheme enters into force on 1 January 2020, the 18.7 Eurocent discount will be automatically applied by all LNG station owners and operators in the Netherlands.
The scheme is in accord with the EU’s policy to further promote Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) as a cleaner fuel source for heavy-duty road transport. Various incentive measures by neighbouring countries, such as the 0% rate for excise duty on LNG in Belgium and the MAUT exemption in Germany, are already leading to a strong increase in LNG-powered trucks. These important incentive measures are crucial to the ongoing development of the LNG market as they will help expedite the transition to the even cleaner bio-LNG.
Good News for International Carriers
The Netherlands currently has 27 LNG stations, a number of which are ideally located close to the borders of Belgium and Germany, thereby facilitating international transport by road. This scheme is therefore good news for international carriers that travel to the Netherlands.
“Many of our customers at the LNG stations in Roosendaal and Venlo come from Belgium, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Poland. We hope that this LNG incentive scheme and our stations, which are conveniently located to facilitate international transport by road, will make switching to LNG as an alternative fuel source more attractive. The introduction of this scheme represents another important step towards sustainable transport. In addition to environmental benefits, it now also yields a positive business case,” says Jan Willem Drijver, Managing Director of PitPoint.LNG.