What policies should be implemented to develop a gaseous transport industry in Ireland?

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Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Environmental Science & Policy


Gaseous transport has been successful in European countries such as Germany, Italy and Sweden. However, the majority of European countries have seen little market penetration of gas-powered vehicles. The utilisation of gaseous transport fuels in Ireland, like in many countries, is currently overlooked as a sustainable option to satisfying the European Union renewable transport target of 10% by 2020. A blend of Compressed Natural Gas and its renewable form biomethane (bio-CNG) presents a sustainable alternative which can diversify Ireland's transport energy portfolio. With transport fossil fuel prices at an all-time high; this paper focuses on analysing the bio-CNG policies that can best influence the Irish transport sector through strategic penetration in the captive fleet market. This paper identifies the main barriers to bio-CNG development in Ireland and proposes an aligned strategic solution to deliver a gaseous transport market. A bio-CNG roadmap is devised which provides Ireland with a platform to assist satisfying renewable transport targets through captive fleets. The findings of this paper highlight that bio-CNG has the potential to offer fleet operators a 22% financial savings versus diesel. Finally, the bio-CNG roadmap can meet 1% of Ireland's renewable transport target by fuelling 14,000 commercial gaseous vehicles.

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