In the IGU’s 2017 Edition of Global Natural Gas Insights, it is stated: “The use of natural gas in transportation is seeing exponential growth, offering significant long-term cost savings, while greatly improving air-quality”. As the initiator and convenor of the session Global Opportunities in the Transportation Market at WGC 2018 (June 25-29, Washington DC), NGV Global leads a panel of experts who will explore and build upon this theme as it relates to land and sea mobility and a sustainable energy future.
The IGU acknowledges and supports the vital contribution of NGV Global as a recognised leader of the natural gas for transportation industry. The international trade association, founded in 1986, actively promotes standards development and harmonisation, sector education and advocacy, policy implementation and opportunities for networking and support. The IGU and NGV Global have resolved to work more closely together in the future to add momentum to the development of Compress Natural Gas (CNG), Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and Renewable natural Gas (RNG or biomethane) as a fuel of choice.
In the program on June 26, 11:00 AM, the Global Opportunities in the Transportation Market panel includes:
- Diego Goldin, Executive Director, NGV Global (Convenor)
- Peter Keller, SEA/LNG Chairman & Executive Vice President, TOTE
- Charles A. Silio, Vice President – Strategy, Corporate Development, & Marketing, Agility Fuel Solutions
- Enoh T. Ebong, Deputy Director, U.S. Trade and Development Agency
IGU’s Downstream Message
The panel’s persuasive presentations will support the IGU’s declaration that natural gas “has become a natural part of low-emission and economic transportation choices across the globe, for personal and public transport, heavy-duty trucks, as well as marine and rail transport.” With more than 25 millions natural gas vehicles currently operating worldwide and a list of marine and inland waterways vessels that grows week by week, there is tremendous demand for infrastructure, supporting policy, education and world-leading technology.
In 2017 the IGU published Case Studies in Improving Urban Air Quality (New edition). It notes, “The use of natural gas as a fuel for both road and marine transport pioneered in Berlin and Rotterdam shows that the positive impact of natural gas goes well beyond the more well-known use as a fuel in power and heat generation.” The rise of cities choosing to deny diesel access to their inner precincts and the increasingly stringent emissions demands on land and sea transportation, coupled with the slow rise of viable affordable alternatives means natural gas is well positioned, some would say the only immediate alternative, to fill the void.
The IGU drew much optimism from the International Energy Agency (IEA)’s World Energy Outlook 2017, which cites the “strong environmental dimension” in the case for natural gas and lauds natural gas’ “multiple roles across the energy system that no other fuel or technology can match”. It also states: “the IGU fully supports urgent and increased efforts towards climate change mitigation. We strongly believe natural gas is perfectly positioned to make a significant positive impact to air quality, while reducing carbon emissions.” The NGV Global initiative to deliver opportunities for discussion at WGC2018 are in full accord with these statements; the program includes multiple sessions of relevance to the transportation sector.
The IGU also released a report in 2017 — Enabling Clean Marine Transport — highlighting the crucial role of liquified natural gas (LNG) for this sector. The report was launched at the G20 Energy Sustainability Working Group, where the IGU called on participating governments to prioritise reductions in marine emission levels – currently a major cause of human health and environmental costs.
NGV Global will also participate at the Gas for Transportation Pavilion and be present at Booth 405 on the exhibition floor.
NGV Global – A Voice Where it Matters
NGV Global services the rapidly growing natural gas vehicle (NGV) industry worldwide. Together with our network of affiliated associations, we represent more than 300 companies and organisations. The prime objective of the Association is to increase the use of natural gas and biomethane for transport and to facilitate efficiency, safety and durability in all areas of the industry. Come and introduce yourself to us at WGC 2018, Booth 405, to discuss how you can become involved in our activities and make a difference. Alternatively, contact Diego Goldin at [email protected].
Following are some of the transportation related sessions at WGC 2018. See links below for more information.
GLOBAL OPPORTUNITIES IN THE TRANSPORTATION MARKET – moderated by Diego Goldin, NGV Global Executive Director
- Key drivers and outlook for the growing use of CNG and LNG in road transportation
- The future of light duty NGVs in key markets – The Middle East, South America, and Europe
- Emissions targets: developments in the marine sector
- What does the future hold for the increased use of natural gas in shipping fleets?
- How does the lack of clear consistent and efficient regulatory frameworks act as a barrier to LNG marine deployment?
- How do limits of infrastructure and practicality (e.g., weight of compression tanks and LNG’s handling challenges) affect the adoption of gas for transport?
- The role of governments in expanding opportunities for natural gas use in transportation
INNOVATIONS IN NATURAL GAS VEHICLES AND FUELING INFRASTRUCTURE – moderated by Timothy Boyle, Director Of International Sales & Business Development, Angi Energy Systems LLC (an Associate Member of NGV Global)
This session will showcase the latest technologies and applications related to the transportation market including NGVs, vehicles, fueling systems, rail marine, heavy duty, off-road and other applications.
NATURAL GAS FOR TRANSPORT: DRIVING CLEAN MOBILITY FORWARD – moderated by Jeff Seisler, CEO, Clean Fuels Consulting and member of NGV Global’s Technical Group
Natural gas has a large current and potential high-growth market for gas transportation applications, ranging from domestic and fleet vehicles to rail, off-road, heavy duty, rail and marine applications. This session will explore the broad suite of offerings and applications for natural gas in transportation applications. It will be comprised of case studies of vehicle technology and applications, fueling and related infrastructure, economics and environmental drivers.
SMALL SCALE LNG: TECHNOLOGY APPLICATIONS AND CASE STUDIES
The session aims to address new developments in small scale LNG and its associated value chains. It will present new projects, case studies and technology applications, including break-bulk projects, small scale LNG liquefaction & receiving projects and LNG bunkering.
RENEWABLE NATURAL GAS: A GLOBAL OPPORTUNITY
The session will be used as a forum to educate attendees on the fast growing global renewable natural gas market. Presenters will share information relative to policy initiatives directly and indirectly driving project development, examples of successful projects, market forces, and hurdles to truly scaling the RNG sector.
GAS AND RENEWABLES: A PARTNERSHIP FOR THE FUTURE
- The role of gas in supporting the growth of renewable energy
- Integration challenges and incentives for the gas industry working with the renewables sector
- The role of natural gas infrastructure in providing storage for excess renewable generation
- What market mechanisms are needed to ensure that gas infrastructure can support renewable energy?
- Will the combination of renewables and battery storage replace the need for natural gas peaking plants?
- How can increased government investment in clean energy in the form of subsidies, loan assistance, and R&D impact the use of natural gas?
SUCCESSFUL APPLICATION OF DETECTION TECHNOLOGY AND METHODS FOR METHANE EMISSIONS QUANTIFICATION & REDUCTION
This session will focus on case studies demonstrating a variety of technologies implemented successfully to drive low cost methane emissions reductions in upstream, midstream, transmission, storage, LNG and distribution segments. The session will also include case studies demonstrating the application of current technologies to reduce uncertainty in methane emissions measurement.
Natural Gas in both fossil and renewable forms as a fuel for transportation are not just restricted to the above topics. The full program is available online.
DEBATES AND INSIGHTS: FOCUS AREAS
Of course there are the bigger questions to be debated, including but not limited to:
- How are regulations in the transport sector impacting on the reduction of CO2 emissions?
- How does using natural gas as a vehicle fuel reduce emissions of harmful pollutants and improve urban air quality?
- How will the development of a regional LNG trade supersede the need for pipelines?
- What are the political, social, regulatory and financial barriers expanding gas use in the most promising markets?
- What governmental and regulatory systems are needed to develop economically viable transmission and distribution systems?
- Improving public awareness on the benefits of natural gas
The WGC 2018 Program is available in full by clicking here.
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