Thursday, October 28

Recyclable natural gas with zero emissions is a solution :: Prensa Ibérica


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Prensa Ibérica and Grupo Zeta have organized the 2nd Edition of the Future and Viability of natural gas-powered vehicles with the participation of Seat and the collaboration of Iveco, Redexis, Gasnam and Neomotor to address the situation and challenges of this type of fuel, from the point of view of the Autonomous Communities and the automotive industry. During the debate, the vision of the Autonomous Communities regarding the regulation, development and promotion of this type of fuel was highlighted, while the industry discussed technological advances in the market, sustainable and efficient mobility in the urban environment and in road transport, and the user experience with the gas vehicle.

In the opinion of David Valle, general director of Industry, Energy and Mines of the Community of Madrid, today it is imperative to comply with the sustainability requirements in transport established by the European Agenda 2030 and for this he proposes “the combination of alternative energies, the support regulatory and economic for the sector and consumers for the renewal of the old vehicle – a great source of polluting emissions – and, in parallel, the promotion of recyclable gas as fuel, due to its characteristic of zero emissions to the atmosphere ”.

Dialogue between representatives of the industry and authorities of the autonomous communities to offer solutions and projects for sustainable mobility based on gas-powered vehicles.

According to the data provided at the table, the use of natural gas as fuel is one of the most ecological alternatives to traditional fuels. Both compressed -GNC, acronym for Compressed Natural Gas, used by light vehicles- and in its liquid alternative -GNL, liquefied natural gas, used for heavy transport such as trucks or ships-, vehicular natural gas combines important environmental benefits, such as reduction of emissions and less noise pollution, with very clear economic advantages, a point where administrations and industry coincide.

As a significant example, the case of the Balearic community has been presented, where the adoption of a sustainable public transport strategy with gas vehicles has been an achievement and important advance. Jaume Mateu, General Director of Mobility and Land Transport of the Balearic Government, has put on the table a strategy based “on supporting initiatives that combine public and private investment in a mixed model that has opened the doors to collaboration and goals of draft ”. In the same vein, Mónica Díaz, a technician in the Efficiency and Sustainability area of ​​the Basque Energy Agency (EVE), who has recalled the need to make flexible and maintain open possibilities to solve European requirements (Agency 2030) in the that this community is totally focused.

Dialogue between representatives of the industry and authorities of the autonomous communities to offer solutions and projects for sustainable mobility based on gas-powered vehicles.

The industrial bet

The natural gas that accompanies the home is also an ideal option for today’s mobility. The possibilities are clear: there are an extensive refueling infrastructure, it is economical and neutral in emissions, and with the capacity to continue advancing much more thanks to the possibilities of renewable natural gas or Biomethane of which there are many projects underway, as highlighted by Miguel Mayrata, Director of Business Diversification at Redexis. A perspective shared by Antonio Calvo, head of Seat’s Sustainable Mobility area, which makes clear the brand’s commitment to this type of fuel due to the growing number of available models, some of which will soon be a market novelty. He also stressed that gas “has many possibilities at present but also a long way forward, especially Biomethane, which will be very advantageous for the consumer and for society due to its benefits for the environment.”

The list of benefits has also been highlighted by José María Chamizo, director of Alternative Energies at Iveco Spain, who has valued both the refueling network that has an adequate infrastructure and the good cost-benefit ratio that it provides for the transport of heavy vehicles.

One of the issues on which the industry has agreed is that the future of transport depends on the contribution of technologies, institutional support but, above all, through the development of regulations that facilitate decision-making.


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