Firstly, Fausto Maranca highlighted the achievement of transforming CNG into an “Argentinean flag abroad”, after 27 years of business activity in the country. “In our nation, more than two million vehicles have been converted to natural gas, there are about 2,000 refueling stations operational and our technology is exported to 50 countries nowadays.” He also explained that CNG is transportable and can be used in all applications. The first drivers that started to use this fuel had been taxi drivers, who also “played an important role in favor of ecology and health,” he recalled. The executive added that new technologies such as natural gas injection had allowed its introduction in the medium and heavy-duty transport vehicles, which is one of the main issues behind the International Conference and Exhibition. “Last year, our country saved nearly USD 1,200,000,000 due to the use of CNG.”
Later on, Gabriele Gozzi, chairman of the International Association for NGV, stated during a brief presentation: “Argentina has an important role in the development of this segment. This Expo in Buenos Aires is a point of reference for the entire Latin American region and the rest of the world. “
On the other hand, the architect Gil Conners talked on behalf of the Secretariat of Environment and Sustainable Development of the Nation and thanked the organization committee “for the opportunity to take part in an exhibition of clean technology.” The official expressed that innovation in CNG allows its application in vehicles, which is becoming more and more efficient, either in private cars, taxis or heavy-duty units. “Technological tools lead the change but there is cultural resistance to this. However, the NGV has gradually been able to change habits and this is good news for us. Not only did the availability of technology increase but also the refueling stations network did so,” he said.
The ceremony closing was conducted by Ruth Ladenheim, who began his speech by praising the NGV business activity: “This is an entire industry that makes us proud as Argentines, because it is a national development and it is a sector that is continuously growing.” From her point of view, the exhibition reflects the expectations and the future of this fuel, and she stressed the bond that the ministry she represents is maintaining with industries such as the NGV one, which is committed to new technologies and sustainable development. “We aim to expand our production, diversify our energy grid, our industry, and this diversification must be environmentally friendly and sustainable,” concluded the official.
Minutes later, Gil Conners led the awarding of diplomas to companies that had taken part in the natural gas vehicles convoy which covered the Mendoza-Cordoba-Rosario-Buenos Aires route the days before the inauguration of the International Conference and Exhibition. Read more about this ground-breaking initiative today at NGVJournal.com.