Mr. Peter Boisen, Honorary Chairman and founder of NGVA Europe, passed away last Monday. He was suffering from a severe illness since 2011. Mr. Boisen relinquished the Chair of NGVA Europe’s Country Representatives Committee in January 2012 but nevertheless continued to be deeply involved in the work of promoting natural gas vehicles until the very end. Read more »
NGV Global is pleased to announce the appointment of Argentina-based engineer Diego Goldin as its new Executive Director effective February 18, 2013. Mr. Goldin brings a wealth of technical experience to the role and will provide strong leadership for the rapidly-growing global natural gas vehicle industry.
Mr. Goldin’s early involvement in the development of the Argentine natural gas vehicle market, one of the largest natural gas vehicle markets in the world, coupled with his technical knowledge and proven leadership in the area of codes, standards, and regulations will ensure effective leadership as the industry focuses on continued growth and securing the benefits of greater harmonization. Read more »
Industry leaders are, by their nature, leaders, innovators, outstanding contributors. NGV Global recognises such people in the natural gas vehicle industry worldwide as Champions – an honour that was bestowed upon five members as part of NGV Global’s biennial conference and exhibition, this year held in Mexico City. Read more »
As NGV Global commences our 13th Biennial Conference and Exhibition this week, we get perspectives on the history of the association in this item featuring contributions from Dr Garth Harris, Secretary-General from 1986-2008, and past presidents up until 2012.
In the mid 1980’s, those of us in the rapidly expanding New Zealand NGV industry realized that growth would be eventually stifled by issues that could only be solved through international cooperation. For instance, NZ has no car or truck manufacturing. Hence it was decided to set up an international NGV association. Following a certain amount of overseas lobbying and with the support of the NZ Government, IANGV was set up during the course of an NGV conference in Vancouver organized by University of British Colombia. The Inaugural Council Meeting was held on 8 August 1986. Read more »
NGVAmerica and the Clean Vehicle Education Foundation (CVEF), two organizations dedicated to increasing the use of natural gas-powered vehicles to improve air quality, lessen dependence on foreign oil and reduce fleet operator costs in the USA, have announced ten 2012 winners of the prestigious NGV Achievement Award in addition to one NGV Lifetime Achievement Award. The awards are given to persons and organizations in recognition of their outstanding contributions in leadership, vision and innovation to the advancement of natural gas as a vehicular fuel. Read more »
Nominations Close 31 August 2012
Awards Presented at NGV Global 2012 Mexico City Closing Ceremony
NGV Global invites nominations for the 2012 NGV Champion awards. These biennial awards recognise and honour individuals who, by their actions and endeavours, have promoted and inspired the development of a significant NGV program or activity. Read more »
At the October 4 Green Fleet Conference in Texas, a newly created Sustainability All-Star award was presented to recipients based on professional longevity, accomplishments (significant sustainability achievements), innovation (innovative ways individuals have contributed to reducing emissions and fuel consumption), and overall industry involvement. Altogether, these fleet professionals have reduced greenhouse gas emissions, created green fleet and sustainability policies, and have dedicated their time and energy to ensuring the path to sustainability is clear. Standing out amongst the 40 recipients is NGVAmerica’s Stephe Yborra. Read more »
Vancouver’s Philip G. Hill, principal inventor of Westport’s founding technology using clean-burning natural gas in diesel engines, will win the 2011 $100,000 Encana Principal Award granted by the Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation. Hill’s innovation of high-pressure direct injection (HPDI) allows diesel engines to operate with the same power and efficiency that they are known for, but with reduced emissions of smog-forming nitrogen oxides and particulate matter, and 21-27 percent less greenhouse gas emissions. Read more »
Alicia Milner, president of the Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance (CNGVA), was recently appointed to serve on Canada’s National Advisory Council on Energy Efficiency (NACEE). NACEE is composed of representatives from government, academia, and the private sector. Milner says the move signals the federal government’s growing interest and engagement with respect to natural gas as a transportation fuel. NACEE members provide strategic assessment and counsel regarding the federal government’s approach to meeting energy-related policy objectives. Having CNGVA engaged will ensure more balanced input on transportation energy use as only electric and petroleum-based fuel options are currently represented. The CNGVA’s Technical Advisor, Dr. Alex Lawson (also NGV Global’s Technical Chair), also serves on NACEE as an emissions expert.
Douglas R. Clark, president of the Metropolitan Utilities District in Omaha, Neb., has been elected chairperson of NGVAmerica, the trade association representing the US natural gas vehicle industry. Clark succeeds Andrew Littlefair, president and CEO of Clean Energy Fuels Corp., who remains on the Board of Directors as an officer as the immediate past chair.
“I am honored to lead NGVAmerica. I know we are going to make incredible strides in advancing natural gas as a transportation fuel,” said Clark. “We are producing abundant supplies of clean burning natural gas here in the United States, and growing the market for natural gas vehicles means more jobs and less reliance on foreign oil.” Read more »
Technical Manager also appointed.
To expand its role of promoting natural gas and biomethane in the transport sector, NGVA Europe has opened a new office in Brussels. The office is headed by Matthias Maedge who has been appointed EU Affairs and Marketing Manager of NGVA Europe. The initiative is expected to better coordinate the interests of the Association’s and industry members with the European political institutions. Read more »
Amongst the winners of the 2010 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Western region awards, announced in Perth 1st September, is Tony Middleton of Advanced Engine Components Limited (AEC), a supplier of components and systems for natural gas engines and conversions. As winner of the Cleantech category, Middleton is now eligible to go on to compete in the national program for the title of 2010 Australian Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year. Read more »
Three individuals and three organizations were honored today by the natural gas vehicle industry for their efforts to advance the development of natural gas vehicles in the United States. The 2010 National NGV Achievement Awards were presented by NGVAmerica and the Clean Vehicle Education Foundation, two organizations dedicated to increasing the use of natural gas vehicles to improve air quality, lessening dependence on foreign oil and reducing fleet operator costs.
The NGV Achievement Awards are presented at the associations’ joint Natural Gas Vehicle Summit-Conference, which brings together industry leaders from across the country. This is the 18th year for the awards. Read more »
Greenfield Compression, a Richardson, Texas-based member of the Atlas Copco Group, is seeking to claim a greater share of the emerging natural gas vehicle market in the US with the appointment of Mr. Jacky Joas as Global Sales and Marketing Manager. In this newly created role, Joas will focus on the U.S. market, sharing his time between the Greenfield operations in Texas and Greenfield’s global headquarters in Switzerland. Joas has spent the last 25 years working with industrial gas market customers across a broad spectrum of countries. Read more »
NAFA Fleet Management Association has added to the City of Culver City’s trophy cabinet, recognizing the outstanding work of staff member, Paul Condran, for his environmental commitment toward greener fleets through the use of natural gas vehicles (NGVs). The city’s fleet has recently received national attention and acclaim for its work as an early adopter of NGV technology. Read more »