Commercial fleets all over the world are converting from diesel fuel to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) which is a more predictable, cost-effective, and a cleaner solution for fuelling heavy goods fleets.
20% of Ireland’s total CO2 emissions comes from transport. This is the emissions from all cars and vans as well as heavy goods vehicles and bus fleets on our roads.
Of all the vehicles on the road in Ireland, 3% of these vehicles produce 20% of the emissions. These are the Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGV) and bus fleets. This represents a huge opportunity for Ireland to make a difference in reducing our Co2 emissions over the coming years. Even by achieving a 25% conversion rate from diesel to CNG there is potential to eliminate 676,000 tonnes of CO2 using renewable gas which is the equivalent to removing 360,000 diesel cars.
Worldwide there are currently 19 million CNG vehicles on the road, Ireland is beginning to buy into the benefits of this technology. With the opening in Dec 2018 of the first public CNG fuelling station in Dublin Port we will see this change quickly over the coming years. There are ambitious plans to have a network of public CNG fuelling stations in place across Ireland and this will be driven by demand from the transport sector, Gas Networks Ireland roll out plans and government policy.
Renewable Biogas production is increasing in Ireland and will grow over the coming years. Getting access to this Biogas will be of huge significance to making an environmental impact on our transport emissions. Biogas will be a key source for CNG in the coming years, as using renewable biogas will have a massive impact on emission targets for the transport and other sectors.
As a roadmap for the transport sector, it is possible that hydrogen may become the primary fuel for transportation at some point in the future.
Ensuring strong use and uptake of CNG for transportation in Ireland now helps create a bridge to a hydrogen future. CNG is a first step and a roadmap to this scenario.
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