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Biogas: fueling the drive toward circular cities

The IVECO Stralis Natural Power truck and latest FPT Industrial Natural Gas engines, both brands of CNH Industrial will be on the show at the UK AD & World Biogas Expo and World Biogas Summit, taking place at the Birmingham NEC on July 3rd and 4th.

Representatives from CNH Industrial brands New Holland Agriculture, the agriculture pioneer in the field of alternative fuels, IVECO, the European leader in natural gas powered commercial vehicles including vans, trucks and buses, and FPT Industrial, which is at the forefront of alternative propulsion technologies, will address the Summit on a range of topics including, the future of biogas in agriculture, advanced powertrain technologies, the circular economy.

Among the speakers will be Giulia Catini, Institutional Relations and Representative Office to the EU in Brussels, CNH Industrial and Oscar Baroncelli, Head of Global Product Marketing, Strategy and Digital, FPT Industrial, Jorge Asensio Lopez – Alternative Fuels Business Development and TCO Manager, IVECO and Mike Foster, Chief Executive of the Natural Gas Vehicle Network amongst many others.

Sessions include Policies and Powertrains: Delivering a Bright for Renewable Natural Gas; Is Renewable Natural Gas for Transport the Future for Biomethane? And IVECO – driving the circular economy.

The IVECO Stralis NP, the first natural gas truck specifically designed for long distance haulage,  which delivers the same performance as its diesel equivalent with ultra-low emissions will also be on display. FPT Industrial’s ground-breaking NEF 6 cylinder and Cursor 13 natural gas engines which power the truck will also be exhibited.

It has been found that fleet operators who switch to renewable natural gas (biomethane) fuel more than exceed what is required under the benchmark minimum standard for emissions. The methane-powered wheel loader concept produces 95% less CO2 when running on biomethane, 90% less nitrogen dioxides and 99% lower particular matter than a diesel powered equivalent, delivering an 80% reduction in overall emissions. In addition, particulate mass emissions can be nearly eradicated.

Fuel savings are notable too. With costs that are typically 33% less – and in some instances, as much as 50% less – operators can see that biogas makes commercial sense.

The shift makes economic sense, with over 30 cities and local authorities across the UK imminently set to introduce what are known either as Low Emissions Zones or Clean Air Zones. Under these schemes buses and HGVs failing to meet minimum standards face charges for entering the zones of £200 a day. Such zones are commonplace in cities across mainland Europe.

Meanwhile biomethane as fuel for transport has been boosted by an EU directive requiring Member states to ensure a sufficient number of publicly accessible refuelling points to allow the circulation of CNG vehicles both in urban and sub-urban areas and on the TeN-T core network, ideally every 150 km, to be built by end-2025. Furthermore, the government’s Renewable Fuel Transport Obligation has increased the biofuels volume target, including biomethane, from the current 4.75% to 9.75% in 2020, and 12.4% in 2032.

New Holland will also show the innovative Methane-Powered Concept Tractor, which combines visionary design with advanced and sustainable biomethane combustion, a key element in the Energy Independent Farm™ concept, which sees farmers producing fuel from waste products.

The prototype is a precursor in the drive to fuel all off-road vehicles – widely used in construction and heavy industry – with renewable natural gas.

Find out more about the potential of biomethane as transport fuel and infrastructure developments over two days at the UK AD and World Biogas Expo and World Biogas Summit, at the Birmingham NEC on July 3rd and 4th.

Register here https://world-biogas-summit.com/

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