A new report from the Renewable Energy Association (REA) indicates a huge potential to use more renewable gaseous fuels such as biomethane in transport.
Greater uptake in the use of gaseous renewable fuels would be an easy and cost effective way to help meet the UK’s looming 2020 renewable energy targets, which we are presently not on track to achieve, it says.
These fuels can be derived from food and other organic wastes, and upgraded for use in lorries and other heavy vehicles. The use of renewable gaseous fuels in transport, such as biomethane, reduces emissions and puts otherwise polluting organic wastes to productive use. For many organisations, it is an economic means of decarbonisation.
Clare Wenner, Head of the Renewable Transport Group, a sector group of the Renewable Energy Association – “The use of renewable gaseous fuels in transport is an exciting advance that offers a cost effective means of decarbonising transport, especially for trucks and other heavy goods vehicles which have few available decarbonisation options”
REA estimates indicate that the UK is presently not on track to meet its legally binding 2020 renewable heat and transport sub-targets. Supporting the renewable gaseous fuels industry could help the UK to meet its 2020 targets and to make an even bigger contribution in the next decade, the REA says.
Gasification is identified as an emerging technology with the potential to reliably supply the transportation sector.
The report makes recommendations to government, calling for key policy changes including:
- A strategic decision to support the use of biomethane for transport, especially the heavy goods vehicle sector
- Increased support for heavy duty vehicle development
- Greater use to be made of an increasingly decarbonised national gas network for extracting “green gas” for transport
The report has been timed to coincide with UK Biomethane Day, where over 300 individuals from industry, government, and academia have gathered in Birmingham to plan for the industry’s future.
Clare Wenner, Head of the Renewable Transport Group, a sector group of the Renewable Energy Association, said: “The use of renewable gaseous fuels in transport is an exciting advance that offers a cost effective means of decarbonising transport, especially for trucks and other heavy goods vehicles which have few available decarbonisation options.
Transport offers another outlet for low carbon biomethane from waste and we remain committed to the prospect of using society’s wastes to build a more efficient economy.”