UK’s industry trade body Gas Vehicle Network (GVN) has unveiled new statistics showing that in 2019 almost 80% of the total dispensed volume of natural gas for transport fuel was biomethane*, which represents a 22% increase compared to 2018.
“Clean, low carbon, natural gas powered vehicles are an obvious, sustainable ‘no brainer’ for the freight and transport industry. These latest statistics- a 22% increase from 2018- clearly show the direction of travel for the HGV [heavy good vehicle] sector,” said Mike Foster, CEO of the Gas Vehicle Network. “This is the result of the NGV industry delivering vehicle technology and widespread infrastructure together with financial incentives- through the governments’ fuel duty differential scheme.”
Biomethane fueled HGVs emit 85% less carbon into the atmosphere compared to a ‘clean’ Euro 6 diesel. The HGV sector accounts for a disproportionate share (17%) of transport carbon emissions but only 2% of vehicles on UK roads are HGVs and buses, and they travel 6% of miles.
“Fleet managers and Government can achieve substantial carbon savings immediately by switching to low carbon natural gas powered heavy vehicle transport,” added Foster. “The government also has in place a fuel duty differential until 2032, thanks to the work of GVN making it financial a sensible decision to switch to natural gas from diesel.”
Source: Gas Vehicle Network
* 14,466,554 kg of natural gas was used in transport in 2019. RTFO (Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation) Approved Biomethane (kgs) was 11,313,568 in 2019