March 1, 2021. Gas Networks Ireland has launched a €2.9 million compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle grant scheme to support the purchase of up to 400 gas-powered trucks, buses and vans to help drive a more sustainable transport sector.
The grant will cover 20% of the difference between CNG and diesel vehicles, capped at €5,000, with a maximum €60,000 available to any one applicant. Grants can be used towards the costs of vehicles registered from 2020.
Gas Networks Ireland’s CNG Program Delivery Manager, Declan O’Sullivan, said: “I am delighted to launch Gas Networks Ireland’s CNG vehicle grant scheme and would encourage Ireland’s fleet operators and hauliers to take advantage of these additional cost savings and choose this cleaner fuel option for their vehicles.”
“Carbon neutral renewable gas made from food and agricultural waste which was first introduced onto the gas network in 2019 is structurally identical to renewable gas and can be used in exactly the same way through the existing infrastructure, technology and appliances. This means that as the volume of renewable gas on the network increases, vehicles fueled by CNG will increasingly reduce their carbon footprint without needing to change a thing. Gas, natural today and renewable tomorrow, is the best alternative for the environment and the economy.”
The journey to cleaner heavy good vehicles (HGV) and buses – which make up only 4% of vehicles on Irish roads but generate 30% of Ireland’s road transport emissions – is challenging, because not only is the sector responsible for a disproportionate amount of transport emissions, but electricity is not a viable alternative to diesel in fueling these long-haul vehicles.
Gas Networks Ireland is developing a CNG filling network in partnership with Ireland’s forecourt operators and hauliers. There are CNG stations located at Circle K’s forecourts in Dublin Port and Cashel, with two more set to open in 2021 in Dublin and Limerick, another under construction in Cavan and a further eight in planning and development. Three private CNG stations are also in operation.