Potential of natural gas in the transport sector far from exhausted

Third Progress Report published by the Initiative for Natural Gas-Based Mobility

Berlin / Kassel. The Initiative for Natural Gas-Based Mobility presented its third Progress Report to the Parliamentary Vice-Minister at the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Norbert Barthle, in Berlin on Tuesday (June 30, 2015). The report demonstrates the significant dynamism that prevails as regards improving the range of natural gas-based mobility on offer. Vehicle manufacturers now supply well over 40 different models, an increase of around 50 percent since 2011. Over the same period, the market share of natural-gas vehicles has increased by almost 60 percent. Liquefied natural gas (LNG) and biogas are now available as an alternative to diesel for trucks on long-haul routes.

"Road traffic in Germany alone is responsible for 40 million tonnes of CO2 emissions a year. Expanding natural gas-based mobility could make a major contribution to achieving the German government's climate protection goals, given that natural-gas vehicles emit 25 percent less CO2 than gasoline-driven ones – and are cheaper to run. That's why we as a natural gas supplier are involved in the Initiative for Natural Gas-Based Mobility of the German Energy Agency," stated Gerhard König, Managing Director of WINGAS.

Another important conclusion of the interim report is the growing share of climate-friendly biomethane in natural gas as a fuel: It has increased five-fold to 23 percent since 2011. Biomethane is primarily obtained from residual materials. Like renewable methane made from wind power, biomethane can also be put in the tank in pure form, thus enabling CO2-neutral mobility.

The Initiative for Natural Gas-Based Mobility brings together vehicle manufacturers (Daimler, Fiat, Iveco Magirus, Opel, the Volkswagen Group and the VDIK (Association of International Motor Vehicle Manufacturers)), the service station sector (BP/Aral, Shell and UNITI (German Association of Medium-sized Mineral Oil Enterprises)), the natural gas and biogas industry (erdgas mobil, VERBIO and WINGAS) and the automobile club ADAC. The German Energy Agency (dena) coordinates the initiative. Its patron is the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI). In an interim report to be published every year, the initiative shows how the market for natural gas mobility is developing, how implementation of the measures agreed by the initiative is coming along and what needs to be done to tap potentials.

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