Countries like China or Russia will also be more (auto) mobilised in the future. Therefore it is high time that the enormous potential for increasing energy efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions in the transport sector is used: so fuel and drive technologies must be more efficient and transport strategies must be developed further. In addition, it is essential that traffic that is not avoidable is switched to public transport and to avoid unnecessary traffic.
Natural gas and biomethane make Germany mobile
Natural gas and biomethane are increasingly interesting as future energy providers. For this reason, in its 2010 Energy Concept, the Federal Government decided to further encourage natural gas vehicles, and at the same time to look at how biomethane can be used more in the fuel sector. According to current scenarios, by 2020 the number of natural gas vehicles could increase from 90,000 at present in Germany to 1.4 million, and thus about one million tonnes of CO2 can be avoided.
With a 20 per cent blend of processed biogas (biomethane or bio natural gas) transport’s carbon footprint could even be improved by up to two million tonnes of CO2. In cooperation with its partners in politics, industry and the associations, dena is developing a multifaceted efficiency programme, and is speeding up the use of natural gas and biomethane in the future fuel mix.
Also take “soft measures”
dena is working on a number of recommended actions to prepare a mobility and fuel strategy. It is providing support for the introduction of a car label for new cars and for the introduction of the tyre label – in order to better inform end consumers. It is also speeding up approaches such as mobility management, in order to switch traffic from energy-inefficient modes of transport to eco-mobility.