The Memorandum of Understanding
Alfredo Altavilla (Chief Operating Officer of FCA EMEA Region), Pierre Lahutte (IVECO Brand President) and Marco Alverà (Chief Executive Officer of Snam), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at fostering the development of natural gas as a fuel for road vehicles. The MoU was signed in the presence of Italy’s Minister of Economic Development Carlo Calenda and Minister of Infrastructure and Transport Graziano Delrio, and is part of a wider set of initiatives to promote sustainable mobility.
Italy is the leading European market for natural gas consumption for vehicles, with more than 1 billion cubic meters consumed in 2015 and about 1 million vehicles currently in circulation.
On a total of 90 Italian cities monitored in the report “Mal’Aria 2016” by Legambiente, 48 exceeded the limit of 35 days with higher PM10 levels of than prescribed by law in 2015.
EU emission reduction targets require a greater development of alternative fuels and the replacement of obsolete and polluting vehicles fleet. DAFI Directive (Directive Alternative Fuel Initiative) provides for the implementation of CNG stations and LNG in Europe, respectively by 2020 and 2025.
The benefits of methane for vehicle usage (CNG)
A further development of methane for vehicle usage will produce a direct benefit of 1.5 billion euro for Italian produced natural gas technology and more than 1 billion euro in overall infrastructure investments for the development of methane filling stations, with significant benefits also to employment. Consumers will also enjoy overall savings estimated at up to 800 million euro in five years’ time.
As of today, the natural gas road transport sector already has an annual turnover of 1.7 billion euro and employs 20,000 people. In addition, the savings generated by the use of natural gas vehicles and the short lead times associated with the development of a proven, safe and reliable technology provide an opportunity for value creation for families, enterprises and public administration.
05 October 2016 - 16:28 CEST