Switching to biomethane “financially sensible”, says GVN

Clean, low-carbon gas-powered heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) have overtaken fossil-powered trucks, according to the Gas Vehicle Network (GVN).

GVN's 2018 statistics show that 55.5% of gas for transport fuel was biomethane; the organisation expects this to rise again in the 2019 figures. Foster said: Mike Foster, head of GVN, said renewable gas-powered vehicles are an "obvious, sustainable choice for transport", adding: "Biomethane-fuelled HGVs emit 85% less carbon into the atmosphere compared to a 'clean' Euro 6 diesel. The sector accounts for a disproportionate share (17%) of transport carbon emissions, but only 2% of vehicles on our roads are HGVs and buses, and they travel 6% of miles.

"The road ahead is clear for fleet managers and [UK] Government to achieve substantial carbon savings by 2025. Switch to low carbon powered heavy vehicle transport. In addition, thanks to the work of the GVN, the government has in place a fuel duty differential until 2032, making it financially a sensible decision to switch to gas from diesel."

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