The European Parliament voted in favor of a new regulation to set the CO2 emission standards of heavy-duty vehicles. The plenary decided that the European Commission develop by 2020 a methodology for the calculation of the average emissions of heavy-duty vehicles fleets that considers the effect of the CO2 emissions reductions resulting from the use of renewable gas as fuel.
The Iberian Association of Natural Gas, Gasnam and the European Natural Gas and Biogas Vehicles Association (NGVA Europe) welcome the result of the vote as it will complement the current approach in which only emissions in the exhaust pipe are valued without the origin of the fuel being considered.
Renewable gas from the anaerobic decomposition of manure allows a reduction of CO2 emissions of 182%, according to data provided by Gasnam in a statement, where they attribute this percentage to the use of methane that the waste would otherwise emit into the atmosphere.
In addition, according to a study recently published by NGVA Europe, combining natural gas with only 20% of renewable gas reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40% compared to petroleum-based fuels. If we use 80% renewable gas, the emissions are neutralized.
Renewable gas as fuel already has a standardized use in Europe: its availability and vehicle fleet are growing rapidly. Therefore, the recognition of renewable gas is an important step for the transport sector that is moving towards a carbon emissions-free future.
Renewable gas for transport
Transport is the only large sector in the EU whose greenhouse gases emissions continue to grow, as underlined by MEPs several times. In order to fulfill the EU commitments set out under the Paris agreement in 2015 and to move towards a zero emissions level by the middle of the century, the sector must accelerate its reconversion.
Accordingly, Gasnam claim that the gas from renewable origin, produced from the anaerobic decomposition of waste, has a zero CO2 emissions balance. In addition, it contributes to the circular economy by improving the environmental management of organic waste and guarantees air quality by reducing to almost zero the polluting emissions that impact health.