Freight Transport Association (FTA) has said it is keen to emphasise the need to incentivise the supply of biomethane for the freight transport sector in order for industry to contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Yesterday, the Department for Transport launched a call for evidence on advanced fuels that can offer advantages over first generation biofuels. Biomethane from waste is identified as a transport fuel that offers greenhouse gas emission savings relative to diesel of around 80 per cent.
Currently, Government policies such as the Renewable Heat Incentive provides a much greater incentive for biomethane producers to inject into the grid for electricity and heating rather than being further upgraded for use as a transport fuel.
Natural gas presents an ideal opportunity for the freight sector to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, however greater savings can be made by switching to biomethane.
Rachael Dillon, FTA Climate Change Policy Manager said:
“There are limited options for the freight sector to decarbonise particularly for vehicles on long trunking operations where electrification is not viable. It is therefore vital that Government recognises the value of biomethane and offers producers incentives to ensure that the freight transport sector will have a sufficient supply.”
“In light of the Chancellor’s decision to secure the duty differential rate for gas until 2024 last week, there is now more certainty for fleet operators to invest in gas fuelled vehicles. We now need to ensure that there is a joined up approach across Government in order for biomethane supplies to be secured for the sector.”
FTA will summit a full response to the call for evidence which closes on 21 February 2014.