March 20, 2021. Kerry County Council became the first local authority in Ireland to trial a zero carbon heavy goods vehicle (HGV) powered by compressed renewable gas.
The truck was supplied by Scania dealers, T. Nolan and Sons in Castleisland, and fueled using carbon neutral renewable gas from the national gas network supplied by Gas Networks Ireland. During the two-week trial, Kerry County Council used this clean transport solution to move road salt from Co. Tipperary.
Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Patrick Connor-Scarteen said: “Meeting Ireland’s climate target is a big challenge and transport is one of the hardest sectors to decarbonize. We are delighted to do our bit in Kerry and trial trucks powered by renewable gas as a viable option to reduce our fleet emissions.”
Renewable gas is structurally identical to natural gas and compatible with the existing infrastructure, technology and vehicles. With locally supplied renewable gas now on the Irish network, gas is the affordable, proven and sustainable long-term solution for Ireland’s fleet managers and hauliers.
Gas Networks Ireland’s CNG Program Delivery Manager, Declan O’Sullivan, said: “We are delighted that Kerry County Council has joined companies around Ireland in experiencing the emissions and cost savings associated with using both natural and renewable gas in HGVs. Gas Networks Ireland is on a journey to decarbonise the transport sector. Renewable gas, which is entering the gas network today, enables carbon neutral transport, as CNG vehicles operating on natural gas today are future proofed for renewable gas. By delivering a network of CNG filling stations and enabling the introduction of renewable gas to the network, we are supporting hauliers and fleet operators to make a sustainable switch to a carbon neutral fuel.”