LNG in freight transport expected to develop rapidly due to lower emissions
GasNet, the largest Czech natural gas distributor, is intensively advancing utilization of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in domestic road transport. Especially in freight transport, it is clearly a Europe-wide trend. And what are the biggest advantages of LNG? Lower emissions, lower environmental impact, and operational economics.
There are currently 3 public LNG filling stations in the Czech Republic, two of which are operated by GasNet. Drivers can find them in Klecany near Prague and Kosmonosy near Mladá Boleslav, close to the D10 motorway. Both are mobile filling stations.
"We have been successfully operating our first LNG station in Klecany for more than a year, and in June we added another one in Mladá Boleslav. The number of LNG trucks in the Czech Republic is growing and this fills us with optimism. LNG has great potential in our country, and we are convinced that it will play a key role in achieving the Czech Republic's emission targets for freight transport," says Filip Dostál from GasNet Group.
Lower emissions and benefits for transport companies
The use of LNG in freight transport has many advantages. Compared to diesel, LNG propulsion reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 15 percent, nitrogen oxide emissions by up to 90 percent and reduces particulate matter production to virtually zero. In the case of biomethane enrichment, the environmental benefits are even more significant.
Compared to diesel, LNG vehicles also have lower noise and operating costs at comparable ranges. Meanwhile, neither the performance of the car nor the comfort of the driver is compromised. LNG trucks offer a range of over 1,000 kilometres with the same refuelling time as diesels.
6,900 LNG trucks in the next ten years
The number of public LNG stations in the Czech Republic is expected to rise to 20 within two years and the number of trucks to reach 6,900. Yet we are still significantly behind in comparison to many European countries. However, the development of LNG in freight transport will play an important role in meeting the emission targets associated with the new climate and energy legislative package Fit for 55 currently being discussed. The package is designed to reduce emissions by 55% in 2030 compared to 1990, and LNG is intended to facilitate the achievement of these targets.
GasNet: We will help those seeking LNG
GasNet offers comprehensive support to those interested in switching to LNG. "We have many years of experience in LNG development. We have been involved in the testing of LNG vehicles, working with manufacturers and, of course, with transport companies. We collect valuable input on a daily basis at our two stations, where we now serve dozens of Czech and foreign customers. We are therefore able to provide comprehensive tailor-made advice to those interested in switching to LNG free of charge," says Filip Dostál.