June 15, 2020. The European Biogas Association (EBA) and NGVA Europe have published a new leaflet, illustrating the current uptake of biomethane in the transport sector and its potential in the coming years.

According to both organizations, NGVs present the highest rate of emissions reduction compared to other fuels. This potential is much higher when coupled with renewable gas. The industry is introducing increasing shares of renewable gas to decarbonise the transport sector, which represents one third of Europe’s overall CO2 emissions and is the main cause of air pollution in urban areas.

This leaflet is the continuation of a collaboration that resulted in the publication of the gmobility leaflet in 2018.

The data collected for the elaboration of this leaflet shows that today European NGVs use a fuel blend containing already more than 17% biomethane. This results in a 35% reduction at fuel & vehicle level when compared to emissions from conventional fuels.

The further deployment of biomethane will significantly reduce transport emissions in the coming years. According to estimations from EBA and NGVA Europe, 117 TWh renewable gas could be distributed as transport fuel as bioCNG and bioLNG by 2030. This represents 40% of the overall fuel consumption of the NGVs fleet, estimated at more than 13 million vehicles in 2030.

A higher uptake of bioCNG and bioLNG in the sector will result in an overall GHG emissions reduction of 55%. Up to 1 million jobs will be created to guarantee the scale-up of biomethane in the coming decades.

The use of increasing shares of renewable fuels in transport needs to be coupled by the development of new CNG and LNG stations and vehicles, which are fully compatible with their renewable equivalent (bio-CNG and bio-LNG).

Today, almost 25% of Europe’s refueling network is supplying biomethane. This fast-growing fueling station network counts now on 3,840 CNG stations and 280 LNG units. But an even faster development of the network is needed to meet the current estimations for 2030, which would lead to 10,000 and 2,000 stations, respectively.