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Virginia Int Logistics became the first haulier in Ireland to complete a zero carbon Heavy Goods Vehicle delivery to Europe

Cavan based company Virginia International Logistics became the first haulier in Ireland to complete a zero carbon Heavy Goods Vehicle delivery to Europe

A truck fuelled by renewable gas, supplied by Naturgy, travelled over 1,000kms on a round-trip, carrying processed beef from Liffey Meats in Ballyjamesduff to Caen in France. 

The trucks were fuelled by compressed renewable gas also known as Bio Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). This is 100% green gas and totally carbon free. CNG is a clear, odourless, non-corrosive gas that can be used as a cheaper, cleaner and more efficient alternative to the traditional fuels used in vehicles. The gas is compressed so sufficient fuel can be stored within the vehicle to extend the driving range. 

Naturgy has extensive expertise in CNG fuel. Naturgy became the first energy provider to fuel CNG to a recycling company in Ireland five years ago. Our fuelling stations across Europe have been supplying hauliers with CNG, energy for over a decade

Naturgy Ireland’s Commercial Director Barry Murphy said CNG provides huge cost savings for hauliers and is better for the environment.

“Approximately 20% of Ireland’s total CO2 emissions comes from transport – be it cars, vans, buses or heavy goods vehicles. Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) is a great solution to reducing CO2 emissions. If even a quarter of all buses and heavy goods vehicles on Irish roads switched from diesel to CNG, there is potential to eliminate 676,000 tonnes of CO2 using renewable gas. This is the equivalent to removing 360,000 diesel cars from our roads.

“CNG is the future. Most European cities have implemented CNG buses. Germany alone has 850 public CNG fuelling stations and Naturgy has been supplying this fuel to commercial fleets in Spain for over a decade. Companies in Ireland are just beginning to buy into the benefits of this new technology – with companies like Virginia International Logistics, leading the way. Naturgy became the first energy provider to supply CNG to an Irish company five years ago. There’s a huge opportunity for the Irish Government to look at how we can use our own indigenous gas to make a major impact on reducing our carbon emissions. But the roll out of a network of public CNG fuelling stations will be key, to meeting the demand for transport companies,” he added.

The Government’s Climate Action Plan commits to setting of a target by the end of this year for renewable gas on the network by 2030. As part of this plan CNG stations will be developed across Ireland. The first public CNG fuelling station in Circle K Dublin Port opened earlier this year. Naturgy welcomes this move and would encourage more hauliers across Ireland to consider using CNG fuel. 

Naturgy can offer expert advice and help to businesses who want to make the switch. To speak with one of our expert advisors, call 01 884 9400 or email barry.murphy@naturgy.ie. 

For more information on Naturgy, visit www.naturgy.ie