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Energy and transport industry calls for implementation of a carbon correction factor

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The energy and transport industry has called for implementation of a carbon correction factor (CCF) in European Parliament vote on CO2 emission standards for new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles.

In view of the European Parliament plenary vote on 3 October 2018, the European Biogas Association (EBA), EUROGAS, Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) and the Natural & bio Gas Vehicle Association (NGVA Europe) jointly underline the importance of natural and renewable gas as pragmatic solution to quickly start the decarbonisation process and tackle air quality issues in urban areas of passenger vehicles.

Today, the previously mentioned associations published and sent a joint letter to the EU institutions.

The letter argues that following the Paris agreement, the CO2 emissions standard regulation for passenger cars and light duty vehicles needs to be updated, and a well-to-wheel approach needs to be implemented in order to be in measure to assess the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from future combinations of vehicle technologies and fuels.

“We are addressing future technologies with the wrong tool: tailpipe CO2 emissions measurement does not express anymore, neither vehicle’s efficiency on hybrid architectures, nor climate change impact when renewable fuels are used,” said Andrea Gerini, Secretary General of NGVA Europe.

For this reason, says the letter, it is crucial to amend the current proposal of the regulation to include the benefits from the use of renewable gas and, more generally, from renewable fuels in road vehicles.

The proposed amendment, the implementation of the CCF, aims at implementing a well-to-wheel approach.

“We need to consider all effective solutions if we want to start to significantly curb CO2 emissions from the transport system from today and to keep a technology neutral approach to decarbonise system,” Gerini said.

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