Euro bodies urge natural/renewable gas acceleration

By Simon Warburton | 21 January 2020

Europe's Biogas Association (EBA), the Natural & bio Gas Vehicle Association (NGVA Europe) and the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) are calling on EU policy makers to accelerate the deployment of infrastructure to deliver natural gas and renewable gas/biomethane across the European Union.

Europe needs to trigger energy transition as part of the roadmap leading to full net-zero emissions mobility by 2050.

Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) are solutions for both private vehicles and freight transport by road, which can make a contribution to the transition.

Incorporation of such renewables in both gas grids and pipelines will contribute to the further reduction of carbon from the road transport sector. A considerable amount of renewable gas is already available.

To accelerate the switch to renewable gases and further bring down the tailpipe CO2 emissions of the current and future CNG and LNG fleets, the role of existing infrastructure has to be preserved maintain the three bodies. Not only new vehicles, but also the existing fleet can benefit from the wider use of renewable fuels.

The signatories call on the European Union to:

"All options need to be on the table for road transport," said ACEA Mobility & Sustainable Transport Director, Petr Dolejsi.

"Natural and renewable gas is an available resource that can help to reduce CO2 emissions from new and existing vehicles. Hence, we call on policy makers to deliver what the EU Directive on Alternative Fuels Infrastructure (DAFI) already provides and to put more emphasis on the roll-out of EU-wide infrastructure for all fuel and energy options in the future."