Gasrec, Europe’s leading supplier of liquefied gas to the transport sector, has welcomed the European Union’s recently announced strategy to reduce carbon emissions from heavy-duty vehicles.
This initiative is good news since heavy duty vehicles are responsible for approximately five per cent of the EU’s total greenhouse gas emissions-a higher share than that of the international aviation and shipping sectors.
From 2015, EU legislation wants carbon emissions from new heavy duty vehicles (trucks, buses and coaches) to be certified, reported and monitored. The EU is also looking into further measures which will see the development of a modern infrastructure that supports alternative fuels for heavy-duty vehicles.
Over the last decade, Gasrec has pioneered the use of low-emission liquefied biomethane as a transport fuel and is now the largest supplier of liquefied gas fuel to the road transport sector – its product, Bio-LNG, is a blend of biomethane and liquefied natural gas. The company currently supplies over 60% of gas powered Heavy Goods Vehicles on UK roads and operates 11 refuelling stations around the country.
Gasrec already has European funding to develop a network of ‘open-access’ Bio-LNG filling stations across the UK under a co-financing agreement with the EU’s TEN-T programme. Under the agreement, the company has to launch four new Bio-LNG filling stations across the UK motorway network by the end of 2015. It will also develop a further two mobile stations in continental Europe and undertake a ‘pilot study’ for the development of similar sites and networks across mainland Europe, ultimately forming an integrated supply chain across the continent.
Reducing costs and emissions
Rob Wood, chief executive officer at Gasrec, says, “We welcome this very positive move from the EU since it is critical that we find ways to reduce the harmful emissions from heavy duty commercial vehicles, particularly in the UK where we are already struggling to hit long term air quality standards.”
He adds, “We encourage government - and the wider transport industry - to push for the faster development of a strategic supply network of liquefied gas filling stations across the motorway network, and the faster conversion of the country’s commercial heavy-duty vehicles to operate on dual-fuel or gas only.”
This fuel will help operators to cut fuel costs and emissions, and will assist government to meet its long term carbon reduction targets. As a result, air quality will be improved, particularly through the reduction in harmful SOx, NOx and particulate matter emissions.