Thursday, November 19, 2020

Biomethane Powered HGVs Could Save Carbon Emissions According to Study

New Report Looks at Advantages of Natural Gas as Truck Fuel
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UK – This week saw the publication of the new Low Emissions Freight Trial (LEFT) report which claims that Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs), fuelled by biomethane gas can provide significant carbon reductions.

The report was from the Low CVP group, whose members include a variety of vested commercial interests including heavy hitters such as Ford, Toyota, Volvo, Volkswagen, Babcock, Bosch and BAE. Set against this however are independent views from such as the Road Haulage Association (RHA) and academic and environmental players including several universities and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

One group keen to publicise the findings of the study is industry trade association the Gas Vehicle Network (GVN) with evidence arising that a switch to the gas meaning carbon emissions could provide reductions of up to 85% on a ‘well to wheel basis’. It also notes that additional capital and maintenance costs in gas vehicles compared to diesel, would be paid back in 2 years at 160,000 kilometres annually, and that methane slip (unburnt methane escaping into the atmosphere) was not an issue for the gas trial trucks. Isaac Occhipinti, Head of External Affairs for GVN said:

“Biomethane (gas) fuelled HGVs represent a ‘no regrets solution available today’. The LEFT report provides definitive evidence that biomethane trucks will help the UK meet its decarbonisation goals. The Department for Transport, DfT, must now recognise this in their upcoming ‘Transport Decarbonisation Plan’.

“This would provide logistics managers and haulage companies with a clear message that they need to begin decarbonising their fleets now. Biomethane fuelled HGVs are the logical choice. They are cheaper to run, and as the new report says, they emit significantly lower levels of carbon as well. There is no other sector of the UK economy where large CO₂ emissions cuts can be so quickly and cost effectively implemented as in the HGV, and in particular the long-distance truck sector.”

GVN recently published a paper ‘A Green Recovery- Delivering a rapid & cost-effective CO₂ reduction for Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs)’ to demonstrate the carbon saving potential of biomethane HGVs and claims the campaign has received the support of a number of stakeholders in the past few days.

Photo: Courtesy of the Gas Vehicle Network.