In view of the European Parliament plenary vote, the European Biogas Association (EBA), EUROGAS, Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) and the Natural & bio Gas Vehicle Association (NGVA Europe) have jointly underlined the importance of natural and renewable gas as pragmatic solution to quickly start the decarbonization process and tackle air quality issues in urban areas of passenger vehicles, and have published a joint letter to the EU institutions.
Following the Paris agreement, the CO2 emissions standard regulation for passenger cars and light duty vehicles needs to be updated. A Well-to-Wheel approach needs to be implemented in order to be in measure to assess the GHG emissions from future combinations of vehicle technologies and fuels.
“We are addressing future technologies with the wrong tool: tailpipe CO2 emissions measurement does not express anymore, neither vehicle’s efficiency on hybrid architectures, nor climate change impact when renewable fuels are used,” said Andrea Gerini, Secretary General of NGVA Europe.
For this reason, it is crucial to amend the current proposal of the Regulation to include the benefits from the use of renewable gas and, more generally, from renewable fuels in road vehicles. The proposed amendment, the implementation of the Carbon Correction Factor (CCF), is a pragmatic transparent way towards a Well-to-Wheel approach.
The CCF does not bring any ‘double counting’, but it solves the limitation of the current methodology (tailpipe emissions measurement) which does not distinguish the origin of the fuel. “We are not looking for a double incentive or a cheating way to be compliant with CO2 emissions targets, but are simply reflecting reality into legislation,” according to NGVA Europe.
“We need to consider all effective solutions if we want to start to significantly curb CO2 emissions from the transport system from today and to keep a technology neutral approach to decarbonize system”, added Gerini.
Source: NGVA Europe