Renewable gas is already “broadly available” for consumers across Europe, according to the Natural & bio Gas Vehicle Association (NGVA Europe).
Figures released by NGVA Europe reveal details on the current utilisation of biomethane in Europe’s road transport sector. Out of today’s 4,120 compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuelling stations, more than 25% are delivering biomethane to European consumers, equivalent to 17% of all gas used as transport fuel.
According to NGVA Europe, the available 17% biomethane share boosts carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions reduction from 20% (with natural gas) up to around 40%. NGVA Europe believes that current natural gas infrastructure and vehicles are “fully compatible” with renewable gas and therefore a “potent enabler” of carbon-free mobility. The organisation said that even in the HGV sector, bioLNG is a “growing reality”, supporting a cost-effective transition to carbon neutral mobility.
Andrea Gerini, NGVA Europe’s secretary-general, said: “It is key to understand and acknowledge that a vehicle that is fuelled with renewable gas is effectively climate neutral.
“Europe’s renewable gas production capacity is proven and sustainability criteria in place are fully respected. Today, it is the best solution to boost the decarbonisation process of the transport sector leveraging on a real circular economy.
“While continuously increasing the rate of renewable gas in our network, there is future potential to improve the efficiency of natural gas engines. This will progress hand in hand.
“We invite policymakers to consider these important facts when reframing our mobility system according to the Green Deal objective. Long-term targets need a robust pathway made with the right set of solutions – such as gas in transport.
“The incoming revision of the CO2 emissions regulation will be key to create a positive ground to better support the development of cost-effective solutions like renewable gas. They are perfectly suited to immediately start-off decarbonisation of the mobility sector.”