Major new study backs biomethane for road transport

18th November 2020
The findings of the new Low Emissions Freight Trial (LEFT) report published today, 18th November 2020, by the Low CVP acknowledges that Heavy Goods Vehicles, HGVs, fuelled by biomethane (gas) can provide significant carbon reductions. Further confirmation that they should be a key technology for transport decarbonisation says industry trade association the Gas Vehicle Network, GVN.
  • LEFT report

The report outlines that biomethane gas fuelled HGVs could reduce carbon emissions by up to 85% on a well to wheel basis. It also notes that additional capital and maintenance costs in gas vehicles compared to diesel, pay back in 2 years at 160,000 km/year.

Another key finding was that methane slip was not an issue for the gas trial trucks.

Isaac Occhipinti, Head of External Affairs for GVN said that:

“Biomethane (gas) fuelled HGVs represent a ‘no regrets solution available today’. The LEFT report provides definitive evidence that biomethane trucks will help the UK meet its decarbonisation goals. The Department for Transport, DfT, must now recognise this in their upcoming ‘Transport Decarbonisation Plan’.”

“This would provide logistics managers and haulage companies with a clear message that they need to begin decarbonising their fleets now. Biomethane fuelled HGVs are the logical choice. They are cheaper to run, and as the new report says, they emit significantly lower levels of carbon as well.”

“There is no other sector of the UK economy where large CO₂ emissions cuts can be so quickly and cost-effectively implemented as in the HGV, and in particular the long-distance truck sector.”

GVN recently published a paper ‘A Green Recovery- Delivering a rapid & cost-effective CO₂ reduction for Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs)’ to demonstrate the carbon saving potential of biomethane HGVs. The campaign has received the support of a number of stakeholders in the past few days. The Low CVP LEFT report reinforces our message; clean, low carbon, renewable gas-powered vehicles are an obvious, sustainable solution for the freight and transport industry.

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 Watch our synopsis of what the report means for Biometnane HGVs is below;

  • LowCVP LEFT Dissemination Report- What it means for Biomethane HGVs