“Worldwide & African NGV Experiences. Past, Current and Future NGV Political Programs” was the first conference of NGV2014 South Africa and took place today with Gabriele Gozzi, former president of NGV Global and BoD member and responsible of associations with NGV Italy – as Moderator.
The session included Diego Goldin, NGV Global Executive Director, who presented “Natural Gas: the Fuel for Sustainable Transportation”. Starting with an overview of the association to which he belongs, Goldin focused on the role of sustainable development and transportation to achieve an environmental, social and economic well-being for present and future generations.
According to Goldin, economic impacts of NGVs involve creation of new jobs, reduced costs, reduced price volatility, and utilization of waste and surplus energy products; while among environmental impacts are air, water and soil quality, noise reduction, resource integrity, and reduction of environmental liabilities. Finally, social impacts include human health, education, integration and involvement.
The second speaker was Lennart Pilskog, NGVA Europe Secretary General, with his presentation “Overview of NGV Development in Europe”. He stated that methane is the “only real alternative to oil available today,” as it has generated significant reduction/avoidance of CO2 emissions, significant macro-economic savings, integration of renewable natural gas with no blending limitations, substantial reduction of particles and NOx, and reduction in noise levels.
Pilskog mentioned that there are 1.85 million NGVs in Europe, mainly in Italy, Russia, Sweden, Germany and Ukraine. Regarding fueling infrastructure, he highlighted the recently published directive of the EC (aimed at the establishment of LNG stations every 400 km and of CNG stations every 150 km) and the Blue Corridors Project (with 27 industrial partners, 100 new LNG trucks and 14 new LNG stations). “We must work together to set standards for vehicles, emissions, fuels, stations and safety, and generate a well-functioning market for supply and demand of methane,” he added.
Carel Snyman, from SANEDI (South African National Energy Development Institute) Green Transport presented “Current Status of NGV Development in South Africa”. After giving an overview of the country’s gas development, resources and production, he explained that future demand may increase use of natural gas for transportation. “Due to its physical properties, large quantities of natural gas are transported by ship as LNG. Smaller quantities are used in high pressure containers typically at 250 bar (CNG). If South African resources are exploitable at reasonable cost, part of it could be used as fuel for road transportation,” he said.
Moreover, Snyman stated that challenges facing South African gas sector continues to hamper market development and that they require more infrastructure, diversification of gas supply sources, production of biomethane from landfills and new government policies to change local energy culture towards more sustainable practices. The country “should not use natural gas or liquid fuels for electricity generation as a priority. Biogas should replace imported liquid fuels used for transportation,” he stressed.
Finally, Joao Das Neves, Executive Director of Mozambique Autogas, presented “Regional Development of CNG and NGV.” He spoke about natural gas production and availability in Mozambique, which currently has five natural gas stations, six conversion centers and 1,380 NGVs including 153 municipal buses.
Regarding direct impact of NGVs in the region, he said: “Cheaper transportation will positively benefit the cost of commodities and competitiveness of the small and medium companies. The region will benefit of better environment due to less pollution.”