European Study Shows Renewable Gas Can Achieve Net Zero GHG Emissions by 2050

| The Netherlands, Groningen

“…there is a role to play for renewable gas in the form of bio-CNG/LNG, as an efficient, sustainable and scalable alternative to other energy dense fuels.”

A new study — Gas for Climate : How gas can help to achieve the Paris Agreement target in an affordable way — published by the Gas for Climate initiative, sets out a plan to meet the Paris Agreement target in a cost-effective way. It focuses on using renewable gas in existing gas infrastructure for the heating of buildings, to produce dispatchable electricity as a complement to wind and solar, and to fuel heavy transport. Read more »

EMSA Issues LNG Bunkering Guide for Ports

| Portugal, Lisbon

EMSA LNG Bunkering Guidelines - report cover imageThe European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), established by the European Parliament for the purpose of ensuring a high, uniform and effective level of maritime safety and security, has issued a guide for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) bunkering. By doing so, it aims to support port authorities and administrations backing the use of LNG as a ship fuel, as part of a joint effort to increase safety and sustainability. Read more »

ANL Dairy and Food Waste Digester Case Studies Shine Light on RNG

| USA, Lemont IL
Fair Oaks upgrading plant

Fair Oaks Dairy Farm biogas upgrading plant (image: Greenlane)

Two Case Studies released by the US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and the sustainable energy NGO Energy Vision highlight the environmental and economic benefits of generating transportation fuel from bio-waste. The studies focus on two successful projects that were among the first to produce Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) vehicle fuel using anaerobic digesters to capture biogases from decomposing organic waste. Read more »

DNV GL Forecasts Rise of Gas to 32% of Global Marine Fuel by 2050

| Norway, Høvik

DNV GL Maritime Forecast to 2050_ETO CoverDNV GL recently published the Maritime Forecast to 2050 which analyses the impact of the changing global energy system on the shipping industry through to 2050. The report proposes that by 2050, “only 47% of energy for shipping will be from oil-based fuels. The share of gas in the fuel mix will rise to 32%.” Read more »

First-of-its-Kind Guidance for U.S. CNG Vehicle Maintenance Facilities

| USA, Washington DC | Source: NGVAmerica
Clean Energy NGV Easy Bay Vapour Barrier System

Clean Energy NGV Easy Bay Vapour Barrier System

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program has published a new first-of-its-kind guidance document, the Compressed Natural Gas Vehicle Maintenance Facility Modifications Handbook, which covers all aspects of indoor CNG vehicle maintenance facility considerations. Read more »

IGU on World Energy Outlook 2017: Natural Gas a Fuel Unmatched

| Spain, Barcelona

IGU Logo (full)The Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA) has published World Energy Outlook 2017 in which the central theme is of a world in energy transition as traditional ways are upended in favour of renewables and cleaner choices through technology advancements. The International Gas Union (IGU) draws much optimism from the report 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”. Read more »

Swiss Survey: Natural Gas Vans Top Environmental List

| Switzerland, Bern
Panda Van 0.9 TwinAir

Panda Van 0.9 TwinAir: 5-star rating

The highest rating of this year’s van environmental list has been achieved by natural gas models. Surveying organisation VCS Traffic Club Switzerland explains that as before, there are no really clean diesel vehicles in the van area, and the market is still awaiting gasoline direct injection vehicles with a particle filter.  Read more »

ETI Report: Tax Stability the Key to Natural Gas for HDVs in UK

| United Kingdom, Loughborough

ETI Study 2017 - Tax Key to NG HDVsA new report released at the beginning of this month by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI), a public-private partnership between global energy and engineering companies and the UK Government, will help support industry and government to make decisions about the future economic and environmental impact of using natural gas as an HDV fuel. Read more »

Report: Major Benefits from Natural Gas in Marine and HHP Applications

| USA, Santa Monica CA
Clean Energy Fuels - Boron LNG Plant 600 - fuel for HHP Applications

Clean Energy Fuels’ LNG facility at Boron, CA

California-based clean transportation and energy consulting firm Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA) completed a report for the U.S. Department of Energy and the California Energy Commission (CEC), under oversight by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, in March this year. The report — The Feasibility, Issues, and Benefits Associated with Expanded Use of Natural Gas at Seaports and Other High Horsepower (HHP) Applications — has now been released by CEC. Read more »

UNCTAD Reports LNG-Capable Vessel Growth

| Switzerland, Geneva
UNCTAD LNG-Capable Vessel Chart 2001 - 2016

Figure 2.8. Share of LNG-capable newbuildings, as of 2001 (% of gross tonnage)

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has published its Review of Maritime Transport 2017 and observes liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a shipping fuel is experiencing growth, a trend that is evolving in a context of tightening environmental policies. Read more »