Objective for Germany’s roads: LNG as fuel

Joined forces for an alternative fuel: Andreas Kuhlmann from the dena Board of Directors, Dr. Timm Kehler, president of Zukunft ERDGAS, and DVGW Managing Director Prof. Dr. Gerald Linke (from left to right) signed the agreement in Berlin

dena, DVGW and Zukunft ERDGAS promote use of liquefied natural gas in the transport sector

Kassel/Berlin. The German Energy Agency (dena), the German Technical and Scientific Association for Gas and Water (DVGW) and the industry initiative “Zukunft ERDGAS” are teaming up to create the foundations for greater use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a fuel in the German market. The objective of the joint initiative is to remove market barriers, development standards and expand the necessary infrastructure. LNG, which is natural gas cooled to a liquid state at -162°C, offers major economic and ecological potential in freight transport on the road.

Up to know, there has not been a national center of competence for LNG in Germany. The newly founded “LNG Task Force” under the patronage of the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) now aims to close that gap. “The German government’s aim is to speed up market entry of LNG in heavy duty transportation. We aim to enable affordable, clean and reliable mobility now and in future and broaden the range of fuels. That’s precisely why we’re promoting LNG as an eco-friendly, competitively priced alternative to conventional drive systems in the logistics sector,” said Norbert Barthle, Parliamentary Vice-Minister at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure.

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