Kerry County Council became the first local authority in Ireland to trial a heavy goods vehicle powered by biomethane. The truck was delivered by Scania dealers, T. Nolan and Sons in Castleisland, and fueled using carbon neutral renewable gas from the national gas network supplied by Gas Networks Ireland. During the two-week trial, Kerry County Council used this truck to move road salt from Co. Tipperary.
“Meeting Ireland’s climate target is a big challenge and transport is one of the hardest sectors to decarbonize. We are delighted to do our bit in Kerry and trial trucks powered by renewable gas as a viable option to reduce our fleet emissions,” said Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Patrick Connor-Scarteen.
Gas Networks Ireland’s CNG Program Delivery Manager, Declan O’Sullivan, also commented: “We are delighted that Kerry County Council has joined companies around Ireland in experiencing the emissions and cost savings associated with using both natural and renewable gas in HGVs. Gas Networks Ireland is on a journey to decarbonize the transport sector. Renewable gas, which is entering the gas network today, enables carbon neutral transport, as vehicles operating on natural gas today are future proofed for renewable gas.”
With locally supplied biomethane now flowing on the Irish network, this clean fuel is the affordable, proven and sustainable long-term solution for Ireland’s haulers. “By delivering a network of CNG stations and enabling the introduction of renewable gas to the network, we are supporting haulers and fleet operators to make a sustainable switch to a carbon neutral fuel,” added O’Sullivan.
On March 1 Gas Networks Ireland announced a €2.9 million CNG Vehicle Grant scheme to support the purchase of up to 400 gas-powered trucks, buses and vans and help drive a more sustainable transport sector.
Source: Gas Networks Ireland