As part of the strategy to reduce pollutants and improve air quality in Morelos, the Secretariats for Sustainable Development and for Mobility and Transport held a working meeting with the Environmental Commission of the Megalopolis (CAMe) and businessmen of the Mexican Natural Gas Association (AMGN) to analyze the CNG conversion of 3,000 taxis and the installation of natural gas stations in Cuernavaca.
“This project will benefit the environment as the natural gas favors the emission of zero pollutants into the atmosphere, and it will impact on the economy of the transporters, since the cost per liter is 7 pesos while that of gasoline is of 17 pesos,” said Topiltzin Contreras MacBeath, secretary of Sustainable Development.
This project is part of the CAMe strategy and the investment for the conversion of these vehicles comes from a Federal Government’s fund, so taxi drivers should not invest for it; while the installation of the stations will be private.
“This government has been characterized by its drive in energy transition projects, so that in Morelos two phases of this transition program are being finalized: on the one hand, taxis and on the other articulated buses, such as the Morebús. So it is very important that it brings clarity in the regulations to guarantee private investment in natural gas,” said Martín Gutiérrez Lacayo, head of the CAMe.
Jorge Messeguer, secretary of Mobility and Transport, stressed that the nearly 100 operational units to be added to Morebús will run on natural gas, reducing pollutant levels, 45,000 tons of CO2 per year, which represents 45.6% and 9,000 kilograms of particulate matter of 10 microns (PM10), about 53.5% per year.
Finally, Oscar Mauricio Montes Díaz, member of the AMGN, highlighted the opportunity for businesspeople in Morelos to expand the use of natural gas in public transport and contribute to improving air quality.
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Source: Government of Morelos