After just 4 years, the LNG Blue Corridors project has surpassed the goals that were set. The foreseen target of 100 trucks has thus been exceeded and the project will soon reach 150 heavy-duty trucks running around European roads. This is possible owing to the 43 fleet operators that are committed to use and benefit from the use of LNG as transportation fuel. An important highlight is the more than 20 LNG trucks that are now part of the German fleet operator Meyer Logistics, as a result of the LNG station located in Berlin, also part of the project.
NGVA Europe’s roadmap has identified substantial potential for transport due to the use of gas. As such, gas use in long haul and fleets (LNG, bio-LNG) is key to achieve the EU goals of decarbonizing the transport sector with a 30% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030 and 60% by 2050. Therefore NGVA Europe collaborates with different stakeholders to communicate how g-mobility (or use of gas in transport) can contribute to reaching the EU targets.
As part of these collaborations, IRU (International Road Union) has launched the report “Commercial Vehicle of the Future- A roadmap towards fully sustainable truck operations” to show how evolving technologies and trends could shape the use of commercial vehicles in the future, how they help the sector meet the EU’s ambitious CO2 emissions reduction goals for 2050 and how these measures can have positive cross-over benefits for improving road safety and operational efficiency.
Natural gas can significantly contribute to decarbonize the transport sector and offers the potential of having 400.000 HDVs running on gas by 2030. That number would represent 6% of the market share for this segment with a significant CO2 reduction potential due the higher fuel consumption and lower emissions.
As a results of the LNG Blue Corridors, it is now possible to run from south of the Iberian peninsula to the north of Germany entirely running on LNG. Along the 13 stations that were built in Europe as part of the LNG Blue Corridor project, several other stations were open as part of the different corridors and furthermore are being planned. This project contributed immensely to achieve this new reality.
Source: LNG Blue Corridors/NGVA Europe