The use of natural gas in road transport has become increasingly popular over the last decade, writes Latvia’s natural gas company Latvijas Gāze.
CNG-powered cars are now used by more than two million Europeans and their owners value the benefits of CNG as being cost-effectiveness and long-term savings. Using CNG instead of diesel or petrol as a fuel for a vehicle is around 1/3 cheaper, depending on certain comparable car models with the same engine power and capacity.
According to Olavs Ķiecis, Head of Business Development at the Department of Development Projects of Latvijas Gāze, CNG is an important step towards energy sustainability and the transition to environmentally friendly fuel.
“On average, a CNG-powered car offers a 23-35 per cent reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, an 87-90 per cent reduction in nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions and the reduction in particulate matter (dust) emissions is around 98 per cent,” explained Mr Ķiecis.
Although the United States is one of the countries that has historically had a positive attitude towards the use of natural gas in road transport, there are currently more than two million CNG vehicles in use in the European Union. However, in the three Baltic states, the total number of public CNG filling stations is still small: there are 21 in Estonia, 6 in Lithuania and 6 operating in Latvia. In particular, in Latvia, it is planned to open four more public CNG filling stations by the end of this year.