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18 October 2018

Natural Gas’ role in decarbonizing the heavy-duty sector

Looking to the result from the vote of the Environmental Committee of the EP on the regulation setting CO2 emissions standard for new heavy-duty vehicles, NGVA Europe points out the missing opportunity to include already available cost-effective solutions with regard to the long-term decarbonisation target.

Today, a truck running on our European roads with bioCNG or bioLNG emits on a Well-to-Wheel basis less than 5 g CO2/km per ton of payload, and this is passing through the current approach of this legislation.” – Andrea Gerini, Secretary General

For this reason, NGVA Europe will continue to ask for an early inclusion of a Well-to-Wheel mechanism. Renewable gas is ready to play a fundamental role in making the decarbonisation process start earlier in the heavy-duty sector.

But even under the current tailpipe emissions approach, natural gas results a key technology in the future transport scenario: natural gas provides a reduction in tailpipe CO2 emissions by 12% compared to Diesel, going up to 20% with the new solutions based on high pressure direct injection system (see www.ngvemissionsstudy.eu).

This, in combination with low pollutant emissions level and a reduction by 50% of the noise level compared to Diesel, represents a concrete answer towards a more sustainable transport model.

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