CCC’s Sixth Carbon Budget a ‘missed opportunity’, says GVN

9th Dec 2020

 

The Gas Vehicle Network, GVN, has expressed disappointment at the Climate Change Committee’s report on the Sixth Carbon Budget. The report, which calls for rapid decarbonisation of transport, overlooked the potential for widely available biofuels, including renewable gas, to slash emissions from heavy goods vehicles, which account for a disproportionate share of the UK’s transport emissions.

Isaac Occhipinti, Head of External Affairs at GVN, said; 

“Transport is the single largest sector for carbon emissions so we all know it needs to be decarbonised quickly for us to meet our Net ero objectives. It is therefore a missed opportunity for the CCC to have ignored the enormous potential of biofuels, including renewable gas, to bring down carbon emissions from HGVs.”

“Biomethane, for example, is readily available today, in use and cannot only reduce carbon emissions from HGVs by at least 84% compared to diesel, it can also save fleet operators an average of £29,000 a year per vehicle (52% of typical fuel costs). This is a clear win-win for HGV fleet owners and managers as well as policymakers who want to see progress on transport decarbonisation as soon as possible.” 

“Not content with the immediate 84% carbon savings, The renewable gas fuels industry is already fuelling with biomethane, produced from waste to achieve even greater greenhouse gas emissions. In the near future, carbon negative transport biofuels will also be developed, pushing their decarbonisation potential even further. A carbon neutral, no regrets fuel, available for one of the most difficult to decarbonise sectors, is not something that the CCC should overlook.” 

“Biofuels are increasingly popular, with many operators committing to switching their fleets to run on gas. The CCC and Government should avoid picking ‘winners’ and instead allow the market to innovate and further develop these carbon neutral solutions which work on the ground. That is what we are already seeing so I hope that the Government will give our biofuel and renewable gas industry the backing it deserves.”