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The Initiative for Natural-Gas-Based Mobility has been set up in support of the Federal government’s objective of promoting the use of natural gas-powered vehicles. The aim is to remove existing market constraints and substantially increase the market share of natural gas-powered vehicles and the alternative fuels natural gas and biomethane by 2020. 

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Initiative for Natural-Gas-Based Mobility: CNG and Biomethane as Fuels.

Business initiative coordinates accelerated market launch of natural gas and biomethane as fuels.

The “Initiative for Natural-Gas-Based Mobility: CNG and Biomethane as Fuels” supports the goal of the German Federal Government to increase the use of natural gas-powered vehicles and thus to contribute to reaching the energy and climate policy goals. The aim is to remove existing market constraints and substantially increase the market share of natural gas-powered vehicles and the alternative fuels natural gas and biomethane by 2020. One million natural gas vehicles in the vehicle fleet would reduce the greenhouse gas emissions by 1.7 million tonnes of CO2 annually. Under the patronage of the German Federal Ministry of Transport, dena coordinates the efforts of the key stakeholders for market development.

The collaboration is based on the measures agreed in a declaration of intent in 2011. Since then, the initiative has been working intensively on tasks for the industry, advising politicians via the development of multi-industry coordinated comments, and reporting transparently on the implementation status every year.

Activities

The use of natural gas as a fuel is technically advanced. The challenge now is to establish this alternative fuel on the market. The key activities of the initiative are summarised as follows in the declaration of intent:

I.    Expansion and intensified marketing of the vehicle range
II.    Expansion of the filling station infrastructure and intensified marketing of natural gas and biomethane
III.    Recommendation, coordination and creation of complementary political conditions at a national or European level
IV.    Consistent review of the implementation of the measures

Well-known stakeholders

The Initiative for Natural-Gas-Based Mobility unites renowned companies and customer organisations of the energy and transportation sector along the entire value chain:

  • Vehicle manufacturers: Daimler, Fiat, Iveco Magirus, GM Europe/Opel, VDIK (Association of International Motor Vehicle Manufacturers) and Volkswagen AG.
  • Filling stations: BP/Aral, Shell and UNITI (German Federal Association of Medium-Sized Oil Companies).
  • Natural gas and biogas industry: erdgas mobil, VERBIO and WINGAS.
  • Vehicle customers: ADAC.
  • Public-sector stakeholders: dena (coordination and communication), Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (patron)

Specific measures

The use of natural gas as a fuel is technically advanced. The challenge now is to establish this alternative fuel on the market. With this aim in mind, the members of the Initiative are implementing the measures set out in the letter of intent to increase the number of natural gas-powered vehicles on the road. They are focusing on expanding both the range of vehicles and the network of filling stations. Furthermore, they are working to increase the percentage of biomethane in the fuel mix. Supportive political framework conditions should create reliable planning conditions for the necessary investments.

The initiators signed the  declaration of intent to promote natural gas and biomethane use in road traffic on 14 September 2011 at the 64th International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt and submitted the declaration to the Federal Government.

The 1st interim report of the Initiative for Natural-Gas-Based Mobility was submitted to the Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transport, Dr Andreas Scheuer, on 6 November 2012. 

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