The Colombian Natural Gas Association (Naturgas) presented its 2020 indicator book with the results of the last year and a technical analysis on issues of production, transport and demand for natural gas. In the introduction of this technical document, the Minister of Energy María Fernanda Suárez highlights: “Thanks to its environmental attributes, natural gas is consolidated as the energy of the transition. It is an efficient and sustainable hydrocarbon, which allows reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”
Moreover, Orlando Cabrales Segovia, president of Naturgas, states: “Natural gas is the fuel that, together with renewable energies, will grow in the world notably in the coming years due to its environmental attributes, availability and efficiency. The same thing is happening in Colombia: more and more users in homes, mobility, industry and shops are deciding to switch to this clean energy source.”
According to the report, the country exceeds 600,000 cars and taxis converted to CNG. During 2019, 29,000 new vehicles were converted, surpassing the 2018 figures. The largest number of conversions occurred in Bogotá, Cali, Medellín, Barranquilla, Pereira and Bucaramanga.
Regarding heavy transport, Colombia already has about 1,500 natural gas dedicated vehicles, including passenger transport, trucks, tractors, and refuse trucks. Public and private transport has switched to CNG, due to its economic benefits, offering savings of around 50% compared to gasoline and 35% compared to diesel. Antioquia has the highest contribution in natural gas heavy vehicles, followed by Bolívar, Bogotá and Valle del Cauca.