The natural gas and alternative fuel industry is strongly promoting different initiatives throughout Mexico and will gather its efforts next year in an event that seeks to further boost the sector: AltFuels Mexico 2018. The event will take place on 23-26 April at the World Trade Center of Mexico City with the presence of experts, organizations and companies from all over the world, as well as more than 170 exhibitors and an attendance of 5,500 visitors.
One of these key projects is being implemented in Aguascalientes. Governor Martín Orozco Sandoval recently announced that their project for transition to sustainable public transport was awarded with 12.2 million pesos (USD 630,000) from the national Technical Committee of Climate Change Fund. This aid, added to the contributions of the State Government, generated a fund of 22.2 million pesos (USD 1 million), which will help transport operators purchase buses that run on natural gas.
“Within the actions that strengthen the urban public transport system, we look for alternatives that contribute to the protection of the environment and the reduction of polluting gases. In this way, with federal and state resources, we promote the use of low-emission technology vehicles that will operate in the Metropolitan Area formed by Aguascalientes, Jesús María and San Francisco de los Romo,” said Orozco Sandoval.
According to Alfredo Alonso Ruiz Esparza manager at the State Secretary of Environment (SMAE), there will be a total of 55 aids for public transport operators to help finance the part corresponding to the down payment for the purchase of new buses manufactured exclusively to operate with natural gas, whose initial investment is higher than diesel vehicles, but as it is a cheaper fuel, operators will recover their investment sooner.
“Mexico has large reserves of natural gas, which is one of the cleanest and safest fuels that can be used to accelerate the conversion of public transport vehicles,” the state official concluded.
Source: Government of Aguascalientes