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Government Air Quality policy is misdirected

The Natural Gas Vehicle Network (NGVN) welcomes the publication of Policy Exchange’s Driving Down Emissions report, which reinforces the NGVN’s core message that governmental attempts to reduce vehicle emissions are not only insufficient but also misdirected, focusing disproportionately on certain areas whilst ignoring other possibilities, such as Natural Gas Vehicles usage.


The report provides further evidence of the merits of gas powered HGV’s and it is important that the Government and other key figures such as the newly elected Metro Mayors take this into account when developing policy relating to decarbonising transportation.

Echoing the sentiments of the report, Mike Foster of the NGVN said:

“It is clear that the Government needs to develop a new strategy to clean up road transport in order to deliver the emissions reductions required under the Fifth Carbon Budget and to tackle the deadly impact of air pollution.”

“As the Driving Down Emissions report states, ‘fuels derived from natural gas, such as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and compressed natural gas (CNG) could offer a fast and relatively low cost strategy to reduce NOx emissions,’  meaning these targets are far more likely to be met.”

“Central to the debate surrounding natural gas usage are HGV’s which contribute a disproportionate amount to the nation’s air quality issues.  It is estimated that HGVs currently account for a staggering 16% of UK road transport GHGs emissions, 21% of road transport nitrous oxide (NOx) emissions yet make up less than 2% of vehicles on the road; tackling HGV emissions is central to decarbonising transport.”

“Further, research shows that if one percent of light commercial vehicles, HGVs, buses and coaches were replaced by natural gas powered equivalents, the UK would benefit from a CO2 saving of over 64,000 tonnes per annum and a reduction in NOx emissions of some 13 tonnes.”

“NGVN recognises that some of the concerns outlined within the report and industry have already responded. For example, dedicated gas HGVs, not dual fuel, are now available that tackle the issue of methane leakage.”


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