Compressed Natural Gas: Decarbonising Irish transport


While heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) and buses account for only 4% of vehicles on Ireland’s roads, they account for 30% of all emissions in the road transport sector.

Pictured are Paul Toner, Managing Director, Toner Transport, David Hanahoe, CNG Development Manager, Gas Networks Ireland.  Picture by Shane O’Neill, Coalesce.

As transport emissions continue to rise, Ireland faces a significant challenge to meet its emission reduction targets. Compressed natural gas (CNG) for transport is a key gas technology that David Hanahoe, CNG Growth Sales Manager at Gas Networks Ireland believes will support reduce Ireland’s total carbon emissions.

“Gas Networks Ireland is leading the development of a new, cleaner transport network, to support Ireland reduce its carbon emissions and to provide Ireland’s HGV and bus fleet operators a sustainable alternative fuel option to diesel. 2021 was extremely exciting for the transport sector as we launched the country’s third and fourth public, fast-fill CNG stations, at Circle K’s forecourts at Clonshaugh in Dublin and Ballysimon Road in Limerick City.

“We also launched our €2.9m CNG Vehicle Grant scheme to support the purchase of up to 400 gas-powered trucks, buses and vans. The Grant will cover 20% of the difference between CNG and diesel-powered vehicles, with a maximum €60,000 available to any one applicant. Grants can be used towards the costs of vehicles registered from 2020,” David explains

“Recently Dublin based, Toner Transport & Logistics became the first Irish company to successfully secure a grant and are now positioning their business to provide customers a more sustainable service.

“When one of their largest customers, approached Toner’s Transport to investigate ways they could reduce carbon emissions, they knew that one way was through the switch to a CNG truck from a diesel-fuelled truck. From a business development perspective, being able to offer a lower-carbon transport solution is a strong differentiator for any business. It demonstrates a focus on sustainability when tendering for new business.”

Private CNG Stations

Although the public CNG refuelling network is growing, Gas Networks Ireland also engage with fleet operators who require their own on-site refuelling depots as they do not operate along the current station routes. Private CNG stations are ideal for businesses and councils who want a sustainable fuel option in their own locations as they require more control over their refuelling patterns. Ideally, private stations should be located in proximity to the current gas network infrastructure. Each private station can be designed to individual customer requirements, with specifications based on a number of factors including, fleet size, volume of gas required and nature of business.

EU Clean Vehicle Directive

A key consideration for public organisations moving forward will be the EU Clean Vehicles Directive that passed into Irish law in 2021. This Directive sets targets for public procurement of clean vehicles by increasing the share of low and zero-emission vehicles tendered for by public authorities.

“Ireland has agreed to adopt the maximum target of almost 40% for cars and light trucks, and 10% for heavy duty trucks that will be procured from August 2021, to be clean vehicles. For buses, the target is even higher, with a requirement of 45% procured to be green vehicles and half of that to be zero-emission vehicles,” David said

“We can support agencies and councils that wish to explore CNG as an option to meet this obligation when purchasing their heavy transport and passenger vehicles”.

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