A cleaner energy for transport

Compressed natural gas (CNG) is the future of fleet transport

CNG is a clean, affordable, proven alternative fuel to diesel or petrol.

Did you know?

  • Cheaper - Save up to 35% on fuel costs

  • Cleaner - CNG produces 22% less CO<sub>2</sub> than diesel

  • Proven - A proven technology with 25m vehicles worldwide

Why Compressed Natural Gas?

Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) is natural gas that is compressed to fit in the fuel tank of a Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV). CNG is a proven, reliable technology with over 25 million vehicles operating worldwide.

The refuelling times of NGVs are as fast as diesel and petrol with similar travel ranges. As CNG stations are connected directly to the natural gas grid, it is always on and always available. The natural gas network is the ideal network to support the future of transport.

You can experience savings of up to 35% with CNG as it is a competitively priced fuel. The cost is stable, without major fluctuations, making it an attractive alternative fuel source.

  • 22% less CO2
  • 70% less nitrogen oxide
  • 99% less particulate matter
  • 80% less sulphur dioxide

The most environmentally friendly fossil fuel available is natural gas. It releases considerably lower emissions of greenhouse gases compared to diesel and petrol. This reduces the impact of the transport sector on global warming, where renewable gas is used in CNG vehicles, emissions are CO2 neutral.

Improved air quality

Up to 9 people die in Ireland every year because of excess emissions from diesel (Norwegian Meteorological). Natural gas emits significantly less harmful substances compared to other fuel types. This improves air quality, which has a positive impact on health and longevity.

We can use natural gas produced in Ireland for NGVs, rather than relying on imported fuel. Gas Networks Ireland transmits the gas from the Corrib field in Mayo into the Irish gas network, on behalf of Irish gas suppliers. Renewable gas will also be a source of indigenous supply. The indigenous production of gas for our fuel needs leads to job creation.

Interview with Dan Fitzpatrick & Jo McAleer

Dan Fitzpatrick and Jo McAleer from our CNG Team in Gas Networks Ireland, talk about how important compressed natural gas is to Ireland's cleaner energy future. Watch the video to find out more.

A cleaner energy future for transport

CNG station development

Reducing emissions is pivotal for the future of transport. By 2030 there will be 150 High Capacity Fast Fill CNG Stations in place. This will support up to 50% of the Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGV) market and 20% of the national bus fleet.

YearHGVsBuses
2020 300 100
2030 3,500 1,000
2050 8,500 2,000

A gateway to renewable gas for transport

Gas Networks Ireland is supporting the development of renewable gas in Ireland. By 2030, 20% of the gas on the network will be renewable. As CNG stations are supplied from the current gas network, this allows for the introduction of renewable gas to NGVs. There will be no change required to the vehicle.

Learn more about renewable gas

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