April 16, 2021. The Colombian Natural Gas Association (Naturgas) signed the pact “United for a New Air” that seeks to consolidate the joint work process for air governance.
According to the District, in recent years there have been 40,943 cases of acute respiratory infections in children under 5 years of age due to air pollution and 2,320 deaths from respiratory and cardiovascular diseases in those over 25 years of age due to this environmental risk factor. .
“The natural gas industry reaffirms its commitment to air quality throughout the country. We seek that every day there are more taxis, trucks, tractors and buses that use clean energy such as natural gas, which reduces emissions of particulate matter that pollutes the air by almost 100%”, explained Andrés Sarmiento Grisales, President of the association.
The commitments made by Naturgas were the following:
- Work with the players in the natural gas industry to guarantee the supply, transportation and availability of this fuel, the use of which in public transport helps reduce particulate matter harmful to the air by almost 100%.
- Share information on the results of studies related to the implementation of alternatives that lead to the improvement of air quality.
- Select and actively participate in the plans, programs, projects or actions of the Air Plan. Promote teleworking.
- Disseminate and sensitize among the actors of the natural gas sector in Colombia the plans, programs, projects or actions of the Air Plan aimed at reducing atmospheric pollution.
It should be noted that Colombia already has more than 3,000 heavy vehicles dedicated to natural gas, which include passenger transport, trucks, tractors and dump trucks.
Public and private transport has switched to natural gas, due to its economic benefits, offering savings of around 50% compared to gasoline and 35% compared to diesel.
During 2020, more than 18,000 vehicles were converted, a considerable figure, taking into account the situation experienced by COVID the previous year. In total there have been 622,000 units that have been switched to natural gas.