Berlin/Kassel. Germany would like to cut its CO2 emissions by 40 percent by 2020. "In the transport sector, these set CO2 reduction targets will be missed by a very wide mark. Owing to increasing traffic levels, more CO2 is emitted now than in 1990, in spite of today's more efficient vehicles," emphasized WINGAS Managing Director Ludwig Möhring at the erdgas mobil Symposium in Berlin. As he explained, this is due to the fact that only lip service has been paid to the climate protection targets to date.
Up until now, the electrification of mobility was driven by the development of renewable energy sources. However, electric drive systems move the CO2 emissions from the vehicle to the power station. This leads to the additional electricity needed in Germany being generated by conventional (coal-fired) power stations. Furthermore, a final decision regarding energy tax rebates after 2018 has yet to be made. As a result, there is a lack of investment security for vehicle manufacturers, natural gas filling station operators and, not least, for customers.
At the same time, the benefits of natural gas are obvious. Natural gas has been proven to be the most cost-effective alternative fuel when it comes to achieving an appreciable reduction in emissions of CO2 and harmful substances. Other EU countries recognized long ago that CNG vehicles represent a low-cost alternative for reducing the levels of harmful substances in town and city centers. CNG technology is now fully mature and offers practical solutions for each vehicle group.
For the 16th time, the erdgas mobil initiative invited experts as well as representatives from the world of politics to Berlin to discuss natural gas as an environmentally friendly fuel, its opportunities for development and its perspectives in Europe. The symposium also focused on the introduction and establishment of liquefied natural gas (LNG). Experts see great potential for LNG as an environmentally friendly and competitive alternative to conventional fuels, especially in the logistics sector.