“Biogas is a key element in the local energy strategy,” she stated, and then explained the fuel production process and how it is injected into the gas grid in order to be used by vehicles as a final result. “What we need is an ambitious target for biogas and take it one step further in order to achieve a sustainable transport sector,” she emphasized. She highlighted different projects that will be executed to reach this goal in Sweden by year 2020. One of them is GoBiGas, “a project where we, for the first time, will use forest waste in the production of biogas.” Andreasson said Gothenburg Region had a positive experience in this field and hoped this Conference would contribute to this.
As a special address from the European Commission, Daniela Rosca expressed that there is still much to do regarding alternative fuels to gradually move away from oil and also to have clean air in the cities. She talked about The Clean Power for Transport package which aims to facilitate the development of a single market for alternative fuels for transport in Europe.
“We launched a proposal for alternative fuels in transport (cars, trucks and ships). It is important to push market to deployment. We built this package two and three years ago to push the industry by making the transition to alternative fuels. We have to promote public investment. This directive also creates a clear regulatory frame for market development,” she explained.
Niklas Gustavsson said Volvo defines sustainable transport solutions that improve the short and long-term economic and environmental performance while also taking social impact into consideration. He highlighted the importance of truck use for real life, which make different products accessible to people. “We all depend on trucks in our daily life. Our task is to ensure that these trucks are able to reach their destinations in the most efficient, safe and environmentally responsible way.”
“Methane gas is the most accessible alternative fuel” -he said and added- “Cooperation is the only way forward. We cannot achieve this alone. Society, policy makers, authorities, fuel and energy suppliers, infrastructure owners and operators, transport customers and operators, academic partners, we all have to work together and find standards needed.”
Gerhard Holtmeier made a brief presentation in which he reviewed the environmental benefits of natural gas in comparison with other fuels and the shale gas revolution around the world. He also mentioned the Russian NGV breakthrough. “It is realistic to switch to gaseous fuels by 2030 half of public transport and communal automobiles, 30% of trucks and 20% of agricultural vehicles,” he expressed.
He also talked about the current European NGV market and the all-new CNG models, such as Fiat Panda and Audi A3, this one fueled by power-to-gas technology. When his speech was coming to an end, he commented on the LNG Blue Corridors Project and also the Clean Power for Transport package issued by the European Commission proposing 150 km max. distance between CNG and 400 km max. distance between LNG stations at national level Europe-wide to be implemented by 2020.