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Another successful NGV Breakfast Roundtable in European Parliament
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On 23 March, Austrian MEP and member of the Parliament's Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) Committee, Paul Rübig, successfully hosted a Breakfast Roundtable for several MEPs on Bio Natural Gas Vehicles in the European Parliament. During the event, which was organised with support from NGVA Europe, the Natural & bio Gas Vehicle Association & OMV Gas & Power, the well-known Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Dudenhöffer presented the key findings of the recent CAR study with regard to the potential role of CNG (compressed natural gas and biomethane) in the future fuel mix. The Breakfast Roundtable enjoyed a wide range attandance of MEPs from various Committees dealing with transport, industry, energy and environment. MEP Rübig said “It is is great pleasure for me to host this breakfast roundtable on NGVs as the only real immediate alterantive to oil derived fuels as e-mobility will take more time to enter market”. Prof. Dudenhöffer explained in very illustrative way how to reach 5% market share for Bio Natural Gas vehicles by 2020 (some 16 million vehicles), a vision which is shared by NGVA Europe.
| MEP Rübig, Prof. Dudenhöffer with OMV & NGVA Europe
|| MEPs in the 23 March breakfast roundtrable
The present MEPs got in depth understanding of the great potential of CNG (NG/biomethane) as a vehicle fuel in terms of environmental impact and economics and its huge importance for a more sustainable transport sector in the short, medium and longee term as it is an immediately available, abundant and affordable resource, at a time when Europe is working hard on a transition to a low carbon economy. In March the European Commission published a new White Paper on transport (see press release), which is outlining developments expected to influence the European transport sector and setting out the policy framework until 2050. These recommendations will be followed by additional initiatives through the high-level group CARS 21, the Expert Group on Future Transport Fuels, the Strategic Transport Technology Plan (STTP) and the Clean Transport Systems (CTS) guide, currently carried by the European Commission, and to which NGVA Europe is contributing as a stakeholder.
NGVA Europe was proud to be part of this successful Breakfast Roundtable. The European association already supported a breakfast meeting on Bio Natural Gas in transport, which was hosted by German MEP Zeller, end 2010 (see press release). “We are very glad to see that this second Roundtable on NGVs where NGVA Europe was actively supporting was once again enjoying great interest. This is clear sign that Politicians are increasingly aware and more and more interested to learn more about of the great potential of Natural Gas and Biogas in transport,” Matthias Maedge, NGVA Europe EU Affairs responsible in Brussels, said.
It is clear that future mobility must be clean, sustainable and affordable. CNG meets all of these criteria: it is currently the cleanest and only real alternative to oil-derived fuels, achieving a CO2 reduction of 25 % compared to petrol and up to 10 % compared to diesel. As such, CNG is an existing and proven technology that offers real possibilities to meet the 20/20/20 targets and keep the EU on the path to implementing the 2050 energy strategy.
|24.01.2011||Dudenhöffer Study: CNG as an automotive fuel for Europe/CEE|
|21.03.2011||Brussels handout 23 March Breakfast Roundtable|
Source: NGVA Europe
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