Europe aims at dramatically reducing its dependency on oil, cutting carbon emissions, improving air quality and reducing noise from transport.

Transport accounts for one third of total energy use in the EU. The decarbonisation of road transport will be a major challenge considering that it represents more than 70% of the energy used by all transport modes.  

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 Total energy demand by source and mode (source: Expert Group on Future Transpoirt Fuels)

Natural gas and biomethane, including synthetic methane, have been identified as strategic alternatives to replace oil-derived fuels. European policy, supported by the Clean Power for Transport (CPT) package, recognises that natural gas and biomethane will play a major part in both road and maritime transport. According to Directive 94/2014/EU on the creation of an alternative fuels infrastructure, which is the cornerstone of the CPT package, Member States will have to develop a plan (National Policy Framework) to establish a network of refuelling stations for natural gas vehicles in cities, ports and along the Trans-European-Network for Transport (TEN-T).

Member States have to provide refuelling points for:

  • CNG in cities/densely populated areas by 2020
  • CNG & LNG along the TEN-T core network by 2025
  • LNG in sufficient TEN-T seaports by 2025
  • LNG in sufficient TEN-T inland ports by 2030

NGVA Europe is committed to support the development of common technical standards and regulations at European and international level, including for filling stations, components for vehicles or stationary equipment, gas quality and other important technical issues. NGVA Europe coordinates its activities at CEN, UNECE or ISO level with other important stakeholders, such as the international association for natural gas vehicles, NGV Global.