During Expo Milano 2015, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and CNH Industrial announced a new partnership with Air Liquide to promote the introduction of biomethane throughout natural gas distribution infrastructure networks in Europe. This quantity of biomethane is equivalent to approximately 70,000 m3 worth of natural gas for Fiat vehicles and 270,000 m3 for the buses provided by Iveco Bus at Expo 2015. By using these quantities of biomethane in the place of natural gas, over 100 tons of CO2 can be saved, which is equal to the absorption of a forest composed of 140 trees throughout their life span. Presently, in Italy, biomethane is still not accessible as a fuel to the public.
While a vehicle fueled by natural gas already offers important environmental benefits (reduction in CO2 and other polluting emissions), the project spotlights how the use of biomethane has the potential to be even more sustainable: considering a well-to-wheel perspective, a vehicle powered by biomethane derived from agricultural waste, food or animal waste, produces CO2 emissions which are comparable to that of an electric vehicle fuelled using energy produced from renewable sources.
“Today we are at a turning point where the combination of natural gas, a concrete solution for sustainable mobility, and biomethane, a renewable source, can bring immediate benefits for the environment. In addition, these alternative fuels can also benefit urban mobility, municipalities and at the same time help develop local economies,” said Daniele Chiari FCA – EMEA Region – Head of Product Planning & Institutional Relations.
“Biomethane represents a clear solution for mobility that uses renewable sources to support it. CNH Industrial has long promoted the use of biomethane which brings benefits in both environmental and economic terms. Iveco and Iveco Bus already offer a range of vehicles which run on natural gas that can already be fuelled using biomethane. To date, our Company has sold more than 24,000 natural gas engines and 14,000 natural gas commercial vehicles,” said Sylvain Blaise Head of Iveco Bus at CNH Industrial.
Source: CNH Industrial