NGVA Europe reports that this month, a milestone for sustainable transport in and for Europe was reached: the 200th LNG fuelling station was opened. These stations provide fuel for the over 6,000 LNG trucks now running in Europe driving a low-carbon emissions transport system that natural and renewable gas offer. NGVA Europe has marked the occasion by updating its natural gas filling stations map.
This growth of LNG fuelling stations is accompanied by a dramatic increase of CNG stations to 3,630 (in Europe + EFTA), a number that is increasing daily.
Biomethane for transport on the increase
Also, there are more and more fuelling stations, providing 100% biomethane for European costumers. With 44 stations in Germany now offering 100% biomethane, today we count already 457 fuelling stations delivering biomethane across Europe. Natural gas can be blended and progressively replaced by renewable gases such as biomethane or synthetic gas, both able to drastically reduce or even eliminate related greenhouse gas emissions contributing to global warming.
Tailwind from European Union
This development is backed by EU Member State targets which are outlined in the Directive on Alternative Fuels Infrastructure (2014/94/EU). Such policy instrument, together with projects such as the LNG Blue Corridors which strongly contributed to establish LNG as a real alternative for medium- and long-distance transport, are important enablers for new CNG and LNG mobility.
Looking towards the future, NGVA Europe in collaboration with the European Biogas Association (EBA) has developed an industry roadmap outlining the growth of both CNG and LNG stations in Europe towards 2030.
According to this document, the number of LNG stations will increase from the current 207 to about 2,000 across the EU28, whereas CNG stations will increase their numbers around three times, from 3,630 to 10,000.
Update of NGVA Europe fuelling stations map
On this important occasion of the 200th European LNG fuelling station, NGVA Europe is glad to present the new updated version of its CNG & LNG stations map with new functions and modern user interface. The map not only provides an overview about European fuelling stations, but also offers vast information ranging from fuel nozzles at the station and opening hours, to detailed navigation services and planning for European costumers.