Latvian companies choose CNG as fuel

Jēkabpils is one of the first towns where commercial vehicles run on CNG. According to chairman of the board of SIA ‘Jēkabpils autobusu parks’ Jānis Ščerbickis, the renovation of their bus fleet with seven CNG vehicles in Jēkabpils has made it possible to maintain the bus fare at the current level (0.50 euros), and to preserve various discounts and benefits, such as free bus rides for schoolchildren.

The financial benefits for the company have turned out to be quite significant: the fuel costs have dropped some EUR 16,000 per bus annually, which is why there are plans to buy three more new buses next year, with the support of EU structural funds.

Companies that have started introducing vehicles that use compressed gas report that in practice, this fuel is about 30% cheaper than petrol or diesel; the reduced cost makes it possible to reduce fares for the end consumer, or maintain them at the current level.

Not long ago, ‘Eco Baltija vide’ began operating five new waste collection vehicles in Riga. The company’s chairman of the board Māris Simanovičs pointed out that the advantages of towing vehicles that use CNG include not only lower fuel costs and fewer emissions, but also a reduced level of noise. Vehicles that run on compressed natural gas produce some 20 to 25% less noise than those using other types of fuel.

Noise is a vital factor both for the drivers of these vehicles, who have to spend hours and hours at the wheel, and for the residents of the city who often complain about the noise produced by waste collection trucks at hours they see as inappropriate. Simanovičs also noted the fact that CNG vehicles create a more comfortable working environment for their drivers: for example, there is no smell of diesel fuel inside these vehicles. The company’s estimates show that these five new CNG vehicles will produce 95 tonnes of emission reductions every year. This is the same as the amount consumed by 50 hectares of forest, or produced by the power consumption of 16 households in one year.

The use of CNG has many advantages, and it will certainly become a major tool for achieving climate targets. CNG is not a transitional solution to be phased out in the future: it is a sustainable solution for greener road transportation.

Previous news

07.12.2020. | for companies | sustainability
Climate-friendly fuels – what to choose in the future?

In order to choose the most suitable alternative fuel for a climate-neutral future, during the life of the vehicle, it is essential to consider emissions from the entire fuel extraction, production and consumption cycle, not only the direct emissions of the vehicle.

When analysing different types of fuel, several important factors shall be taken into account: energy efficiency by transferring primary energy resources into motion, overall environmental impact, and the availability of the resources. It is most important to use the well-to-wheel principle for comparison between all types of vehicles, i.e., to cover the entire fuel production chain, not just the environmental impact of fuel consumption in a car.

Read more
23.11.2020. | for companies | sustainability
Funding for transitioning to greener vehicles available to companies

Financial support can be obtained for switching over to more eco-friendly road vehicles. According to Reinis Bērziņš, chairman of the board of the ALTUM development finance institution, its business energy efficiency programme includes financing the renovation of road vehicle fleets using greener vehicles, including those using CNG as fuel.

Read more
21.10.2020. | for companies | biomethane | sustainability
Natural gas and biomethane – the future of road transport

Natural gas and biomethane will play a significant role in long-term freight and passenger transport; however, experts concluded that the promotion of the use of alternative fuels requires infrastructure, fiscal and financial support, as well as a review of European Union (EU) policies, during the conference ‘Gas and Transport. Myths. Reality. Benefits’. The main topic of the discussion was the achievement of international climate objectives, while maintaining the competitiveness of transport companies.

Read more