NGVA Europe, the region’s industry association that promotes the use of natural gas and renewable methane as a fuel mainly in vehicles and ships, says in a press release issued 19 May that natural gas vehicles offer large opportunity for rapid reduction of GHG emissions within Europe’s upcoming strategy on decarbonisation of transport: “Changing to natural gas vehicles today makes it possible to reach the 2030 target of 30 percent greenhouse gas emissions reduction coming from road transport ahead of time.” Read more »
The European Parliament at the 18-21 January plenary session in Strasbourg, paved the way for the introduction of a Real Driving Emissions (RDE) procedure in order to bring down NOx emissions from cars, effectively approving a transitional relaxation of emissions limits. “We have avoided uncertainties, because industry now has strict but sustainable deadlines to meet. In Europe, we will have better air quality for our citizens without losing jobs”, said Environment Committee chair Giovanni La Via (EPP, IT). Read more »
Finland’s major industry representatives and political decision makers presented their ambitious plans for developing the Nordic region’s market for gas-powered mobility at NGVA Europe’s “2nd Regional Seminar: L-CNG for Transport”, held mid March in Helsinki. Finland has taken a lead role in implementing the EU Directive on deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure, with strong commitment from both the public and private sector to expand the domestic gas refuelling network, in particular the infrastructure for bunkering and distribution of liquefied natural gas (LNG). Read more »
Recognising the increasingly important role of natural gas in the world primary energy mix, UNECE gas experts came together on 20-21 January to explore the role of gas in achieving the objectives of the Sustainable Energy for All initiative. The experts were updated on the work of the four Task Forces that are developing best practice guidelines and recommendations, including addressing the barriers to the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel. To highlight the characteristics and advantages of natural gas vehicles (NGVs) a test drive of natural gas cars was organized at the Palais des Nations in Geneva on Jan 21, a first for the UN.
Natural and Biogas Mobility and Infrastructure in the Baltic Sea Area
NGVA Europe’s 2nd regional Seminar L-CNG for Transport
Helsinki, Finland — March 17-18, 2015
NGVA Europe is bringing its collective expertise to Helsinki, giving participants the opportunity listen, discuss, learn, participate and meet with key representatives from the European Natural Gas transport industry, final users and delegates. Alternative fuels are urgently needed to break the over-dependence of oil for European transports, which today is 94%, of which 84% of the oil is being imported. The cost for that is close to 1 Billion Euros (USD 1.2 billion) per day, not including the increasing environmental cost. Read more »
A major step for the development of liquefied natural gas for transport was announced during the IAA 2014, this year’s edition of the world’s most important exhibition for commercial vehicles. Erdgas mobil, the energy industry’s initiative to establish natural gas as a fuel in Germany, recently achieved a model approval for the build-up of LNG filling stations. This means LNG stations can now be constructed in Germany backed by a reliable framework.
In order to evaluate the prospects of LNG in German and European transport, erdgas mobil had organised a press conference themed “LNG – Ready for Germany” with support of Italian manufacturer Iveco. NGVA Europe, the author of this article, participated in the event, as did energy provider E.ON, which is offering LNG in Germany under the brand ‘Liqvis’. Read more »
NGVA Europe has published a European map of CNG and LNG filling stations. Apart from station locations and information about opening hours and acceptable forms of payment, the map also has facility to plan a travel route across Europe and have that route populated with available refueling stations. There is also a directory of stations and a system for finding stations within a selected radius of a given location. Go to www.ngvaeurope.eu/get-directions.
The Trans-European Network for Transport (TEN-T) Call 2012 (Multi-Annual Call and Annual Call combined) has selected seven Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) related projects to be recommended for funding. According to a summary prepared by NGVA Europe, a total of EUR 105 million (USD 139 million) has been allocated. Read more »
Approximately 2,500 visitors took part in NGVA Europe’s NGV2012 Bologna Conference and Exhibition in Italy last week, including government, commercial and association representatives from 40 countries. Claudio Kohan, director of NGV Communications Group which organised the event, declared at the end: “We are really satisfied with the results of NGV2012 Bologna and extremely grateful to the companies that, despite the economic crisis, confirmed their participation, showing their all-new state-of-the-art technologies.” Read more »
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. Read more »