5 Nov 18

NGVA calls for more emissions transparency

Following a European Parliament plenary vote in early October, the European Biogas Association (EBA), EUROGAS, Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) and the Natural & bio Gas Vehicle Association (NGVA Europe) have said they are jointly underlining the importance of natural and renewable gas as a pragmatic solution to quickly start the decarbonisation process and tackle air quality issues in urban areas of passenger vehicles.


The associations state that following the Paris agreement, the CO2 emissions standard regulation for passenger cars and light duty vehicles needs to be updated. A Well-to-Wheel approach needs to be implemented in order to be in measure to assess the GHG emissions from future combinations of vehicle technologies and fuels.

Andrea Gerini, Secretary General of NGVA Europe, comments: “We are addressing future technologies with the wrong tool: tailpipe CO2 emissions measurement does not anymore express either a vehicle’s efficiency on hybrid architectures, or climate change impact when renewable fuels are used.”

For this reason, it is crucial to amend the current proposal of the Regulation to include the benefits from the use of renewable gas and, more generally, from renewable fuels in road vehicles. The proposed amendment, the implementation of the Carbon Correction Factor – CCF – is a pragmatic transparent way towards a Well-to-Wheel approach.”

“The Carbon Corrector Factor does not bring any ‘dual accounting’, but it solves the limitation of the current methodology (tailpipe emissions measurement) which does not distinguish the origin of the fuel. We are not looking for a double incentive or a cheating way to be compliant with CO2 emissions targets, but are simply reflecting reality into legislation.”

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Authored by: Tim Harrup