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10 September 2018

CO2 standards: we need a legislative framework supporting all solutions

PRESS RELEASE

Tonight, the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) of the European Parliament will vote emission performance standards for new passenger cars and for new light commercial vehicles in Strasbourg.

NGVA Europe, representing the Industry involved in producing and distributing vehicles and natural gas, urges the legislator to vote in favour of the introduction of the so-called CO2 Correction Factor (CCF).

The CCF considers and distinguishes the source of the fuel (fossil or renewable). With this it enables to correctly measure the environmental benefits and mitigation effect on climate change of advanced biofuels like renewable gas.   

 

Renewable gas production is already standard practice, its availability and vehicle fleet is growing fast

Natural gas is becoming a more and more attractive fuel for many market players, increasingly when produced from renewable sources. Last year, Europe accounted for a renewable gas production of almost 2 bcm, able to cover the need of the vehicles currently driving on gas across European roads.

The deployment of natural gas vehicles is expected to grow in the next decade more than ten times, reaching around 13 million vehicles. At the same time, this would draw the consumption of sustainable renewable gas, estimated to reach one third of it.

A legislative framework must support all solutions     

“The introduction of the Carbon Correction Factor is essential to assess, unlock and grow the environmental benefits of all mobility solutions. This will raise awareness of the role that natural and renewable gas can play as a sustainable solution to achieve emissions cuts in transport.”
– Andrea Gerini, Secretary General NGVA Europe

The growing attention of the market must be supported by a careful decision of policy makers. They must ensure that its contribution to mitigate climate change is adequately and fairly considered into the European legislation.