IANGV and NGVAmerica president Richard Kolodziej was the first speaker at the Opening of the Plenary Session of this international Congress held at the New Rome Fair. He stated that the use of natural gas is now “widely established”. Later, Kolodziej made an accurate report about the number of NGVs around the world, region by region. Currently, there are 11.4 million of vehicles powered by natural gas, he commented and said that this figure exceeded the estimations forecasted for 2010 (10 million).
Afterwards, President of the Consorzio NGV System Italia Vanni Cappellato talk to the audience present at the Plenary Hall. “A product such as methane can lead us into the future because it represents a key resource for the entire planet. Methane, bio-methane and their applications can help to reduce pollution and safeguard our future in terms of both environmental and economic matters,” he pointed out.
The third speaker was the general director of ANFIA (National Automotive Association in Italy) Guido Rossignoli, who talked about the great resource of natural gas in Europe and worldwide, among other issues. Later on, vice president of IANGV and director of Eni Francesco Caria focused his remarks on Italy’s leading role in NGV industry around Europe. “In Italy there are over 600.000 natural gas vehicles and about 750 filling stations,” he said. In turn, Caria explained the factors that regulate the development of CNG-powered vehicles and stressed the importance of the incentives, the expansion of refueling stations network and the proper communication of the system.
At the end of the NGV2010 Conference’s opening ceremony, president & CEO of Clean Energy (USA) and chairman of NGVAmerica Andrew Littlefair spoke about the increasing use of NGVs in the United States. “Political leaders are becoming more aware about the resources available. Natural gas is cleaner, cheaper, abundant and domestic,” he clarified.