The Benefits of Natural Gas
Natural gas vehicles are environmentally cleaner, cheaper and quieter to run than diesel vehicles. Carbon dioxide and NOx emissions are significantly reduced whilst harmful particulate matter is virtually eliminated. Natural gas is widely accessible through a fast-growing refuelling infrastructure.
The latest dedicated gas vehicles reduce carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) by up to 30% – while the addition of waste derived biomethane into the mix can increase this up to 90%. Significant reductions in nitrous oxide (NOx) emissions of up to 70% are also common, as is the virtual elimination of harmful particulate matter (PM) emissions.
Natural gas typically provides a cost saving of around 30-40% compared to diesel. Increasing availability across Europe allows us to offer excellent value to our customers through innovative and flexible pricing structures including both gas and diesel Indexation. NGV users also benefit from the UK’s 10 year fixed duty differential ensuring duty on gas remains less than half that of diesel.
Abundant global supplies of natural gas – a low emission fuel of choice – are critical for the world’s future energy mix. The detrimental effects of poor air quality on public health and economic development are now driving global governments and policy makers to incentivise the growth of low emission fuels, particularly natural gas in transport, to reduce global emissions.
Guaranteed LNG availability at multiple termini across Europe is underpinning the growth of a flexible, yet responsive, refuelling infrastructure which already numbers over 70 strategically located stations supplying LNG/CNG. This network was made all the more robust in 2016 with the opening of the UK’s own LNG terminal, at the Isle of Grain. With ample bunkering at the site doubts around security of supply are a thing of the past.
Our fleet of tankers deliver LNG – which can also be dispensed as CNG – to a growing network of stations, whether open access for multiple customers or at key locations that support individual needs. Transporting gas as a liquid allows for infrastructure to be developed precisely where it is required, anywhere in the world.
We can also build a station supplying CNG straight from the National Grid Pipeline depending on your site’s location.
In addition to their environmental and economic benefits, natural gas vehicles are also on average 3 decibels quieter making it better suited to deliveries in towns and cities at night. Trials have shown this delivers benefits from both an environmental as well as a congestion perspective through a reduced need for day time deliveries.
In the UK, trucks/home delivery vehicles are banned from making deliveries in urban areas between 10pm and 6am due to noise. In Amsterdam, only gas vehicles are allowed to deliver 24 hours, this might well be enforced in the UK in the near future.