Gas Networks Ireland grants €120,000 to fund Natural Gas Vehicles

As part of the second round of its Compressed Natural Gas Vehicle Fund, Gas Networks Ireland today announced that it has awarded six transport companies €20,000 each towards the purchase of a Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV).

The Fund supports the purchase of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) powered commercial vehicles including trucks, buses and vans. Grants to support the purchase of 33 vehicles have previously been awarded to 18 transport companies in Ireland as part of this scheme.

CNG is natural gas which has been compressed to fit into a NGV’s tank and is particularly suitable for use in commercial vehicles. It is a proven alternative to diesel or petrol and reduces transport costs by up to a quarter and carbon emissions by 22%. These vehicles can achieve zero carbon transport when operating on renewable gas. There are an estimated 25 million NGVs in operation worldwide, and almost two million in Europe.

The Compressed Natural Gas Vehicle Fund is supported by the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) in Ireland and is co-financed by the European Union’s TEN-T Programme under the Connecting Europe Facility as part of the Causeway Project.

Niall Lord, Managing Director of Food Surplus Management Ltd. said, “We have being operating two CNG vehicles for almost a year now thanks to the funding from Gas Networks Ireland. We know we can reduce emissions and fuel costs and at the same time reduce our carbon footprint. Our experience to date with Scania CNG vehicles has been a very positive one”

Ian O’Flynn, Head of Commercial and Corporate Affairs at Gas Networks Ireland said “Transport accounts for over 20% of carbon emissions and almost a third of Ireland’s energy consumption. Only 3% of vehicles on Irish roads are HGVs, however they use 20% of Ireland’s transport energy. As the operator of Ireland’s gas network, we are leading the development of this new, cleaner transport network, to support Ireland in reducing its carbon emissions.”

“It is very encouraging that the Government recognises the potential and opportunity for CNG in transport. The recently published Climate Action Plan calls for increased levels of CNG and outlines goals to deliver public CNG fuelling stations.”

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Notes to Editor:
About Gas Networks Ireland

Gas Networks Ireland is the business division of Ervia that owns, builds and maintains the natural gas network in Ireland and connects all customers to the gas network. Gas Networks Ireland operates one of the most modern and safe gas networks in the world and ensures that over 700,000 homes and businesses receive a safe, efficient and secure supply of natural gas, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Ervia is a commercial semi-state multi-utility company with responsibility for the delivery of gas and water infrastructure and services in Ireland.

More about Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)
CNG is natural gas which has been compressed to fit into a vehicle’s tank and is particularly suitable for use in commercial vehicles. A proven alternative to diesel or petrol, CNG can provide a fuel cost saving of up to 25%. Emission reduction benefits saving of 22% reduction in Carbon Dioxide emissions per unit of energy, a 70% reduction in Nitrogen Oxide emissions, a 99% reduction in Particulate matter emissions and an 80% reduction in Sulphur Dioxide emissions compared with diesel.

Compared to diesel, CNG delivers the following emissions savings:

Comparison % Reductions
Emissions reduction Up to 22% reduction on diesel
Nitrous oxide (NOx) 70% reduction in emissions
Sulphur dioxide (SOx) 80% reduction in emissions
Particulate matter 99% reduction in emissions

 

About The Causeway Project
The Causeway Project will see the formation of an initial national refuelling network together with Biogas injection and the deployment of seed CNG vehicles. The delivery of 14 fast fill CNG stations will represent the first significant deployment of CNG refuelling infrastructure in Ireland. The provision of a Biogas injection facility will play a significant role in delivering sustainable renewable gas to Irish gas customers in support of a sustainable indigenous energy source.

In addition to the development of the CNG Network and Biogas injection facility, the Causeway Project has a significant research component.  This element will identify key data relating to the roll out of a CNG network in a small, relatively discrete, market.  The data gathered from this study will assist in the further roll out of sustainable transport networks throughout the EU.