“Natural gas represents today the only real alternative to move towards the decarbonization of heavy transport by road and sea and must have firm support to facilitate the penetration of renewable gases,” said the President of Gasnam Francisco López at the inauguration of the Green Gas Mobility Summit in Madrid, which brought together all the sectors involved in sustainable mobility in Spain and committed to the implementation of biogas and hydrogen as carbon neutral fuels.
The number of LNG truck registrations has grown 33% so far this year, and in the maritime sector orders for new LNG-fueled vessels are already around 30% of the contracted tonnage. López highlighted: “These trucks and ships that today use natural gas are one step away from net zero CO2 emissions thanks to biomethane. At Gasnam we trust that the Government will speed up the implementation of a system of guarantees of origin and that it will decide to raise the ambition of the draft Biogas Roadmap, so that it represents the determined commitment that this renewable energy requires.”
The President of Gasnam also mentioned that the purpose of the sector is to accelerate the development of hydrogen, with a realistic vision and aware of the lack of maturity in the entire value chain, which makes it necessary to invest in R+D+i. In addition, he recalled that an unavoidable first step is the deployment of a network of at least 150 hydrogen stations with capillarity throughout the national territory in 2025.
“We hope that renewable gases will find in the Next Generation funds the necessary lever for their development with a fair distribution, proportional to the environmental benefit they contribute and proportionate to that of other renewable energies,” López concluded.
The institutional opening was in charge of María José Rallo, Secretary General of Transportation. “The recovery, transformation and resilience plan is an unprecedented instrument that will allow us to accelerate the transformation of transportation, in which gas of renewable origin and green hydrogen will play a prominent role,” she said in her speech.
Together with Rallo, business leaders such as Marcelino Oreja, CEO of Enagás, and Michele Ziosi, Vice President of Institutional Relations of CNH industrial, offered their views on the challenges of mobility.
Moreover, Gerardo Fernández, partner of the firm PWC, in an interesting dialogue with Eugenia Sillero, Gasnam’s Secretary General, made public the results of a study that states that a penetration of 25 to 40% of biogas in transport would mean an estimated emission reduction from 3 to 7 million tons of CO2. “In the current context, natural gas is a solvent solution that can play a relevant role in mobility, especially in certain segments where LNG is both today and in the medium term the only technological solution available that is economically competitive for the final user and offers a reduction of GHG,” said Fernández.