Xinjiang Moves Road Transport Industry to Natural Gas

| China, Xinjiang

Deputy Director Chen Xiaobing presiding over the Green Transport meeting.

The Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Department of Transport, Road Transport Authority, in conjunction with state-owned automobile and commercial vehicle manufacturer Jianghuai Automobile Co Ltd (JAC), autonomous regions representatives and officials and representatives from more than 360 manufacturers have met in a first-of-its-kind event in this north-west region of China to discuss promotion of green transport alternatives, setting a goal of moving the road transport industry to compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) in two years.

The meeting, chaired by the Regional Transportation Authority Party Committee member and deputy director, Chen Xiaobing, led discussion on reduction of energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.¬†Xinjiang’s transport sector accounts for about 30% of total oil consumption, of which 50% is attributable to road transportation.

The meeting heard from Xinjiang Jinbao Logistics Ltd about their LNG vehicle experience based on a pilot project.

JAC spoke of three areas of work to promote green transport and meet new energy saving requirements:

  • effectively enhance the development of responsibility and urgency toward reducing high-energy high-emission vehicles
  • accelerate the construction of a green transportation system
  • enhance the quality of road transport vehicles and services

Two companies in Xinjiang have been planning to build gas stations along regional and national highways to meet the demand.

Shen Qiang, Deputy Director of Administration said that currently, the road transport industry in Xinjiang uses more than 1,000 LNG trucks. Between 5-10% of buses operate on CNG.

This article primarily compiled using information from a Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Development and Reform Commission press release.

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