Can the natural gas engine help solve climate change?
Climate change and global warming are increasingly taking center stage in the public debate, to the point where different levels of government have to make these issues a priority.
Since greenhouse gas emissions are among the major contributors to global warming, it is important to take the necessary measures to reduce the amount released into the atmosphere, especially by motor vehicles.
One of the possible solutions advocated by some would to make more room for vehicles equipped with natural gas engines. But can this strategy really contribute to solving the problem of climate change? It is looking very likely!
Emissions from vehicles with natural gas engines
Current studies show that GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions from transportation trucks, city buses and other fleet vehicles powered by natural gas are 25% lower than those produced by diesel-powered vehicles.
For example, here is a comparison of the cleanliness level of natural gas engines compared to diesel engines. Natural gas, when used as a fuel, emits:
– 99% less sulphur dioxide
– 70% less nitrogen oxide
– 97% less fine particles
Moreover, natural gas combustion doesn’t emit heavy metals or soot particles.
Reducing “total emissions” by using natural gas
Greenhouse gas emissions don’t just occur at the exhaust pipe of vehicles. To get a realistic picture of a fuel’s efficiency and environmental impact, it is necessary to track it from “well-to-wheel”. Any good scientific analysis will therefore examine “total emissions”, i.e. the amount of greenhouse gases emitted during the extraction, refining, transport and final use of the fuel.
Studies show that over the entire life cycle, diesel is 34% more polluting than natural gas, while for gasoline, the additional pollution produced compared to natural gas would be between 6% and 11%.
When comparing the life-cycle emissions of the two types of natural gas, CNG (compressed natural gas) and LNG (liquid natural gas), it can be said that they are slightly different. CNG production consumes less oil and emits slightly less GHGs than LNG production, because natural gas compression requires less energy than liquefaction.
EBI natural gas, the fuel that drives change
In conclusion, since CNG and NGV are much cleaner than most traditional fossil fuels, the widespread adoption of natural gas engines could help achieve global targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
If you want to get involved in the fight against climate change by switching to natural gas vehicles, don’t hesitate to contact EBI’s experts today. As leaders in CNG vehicles, we can provide you with expert advice, whether you are buying or leasing environmentally friendly vehicles.