Benefits of Natural Gas

The benefits of natural gas are vast. Not only is natural gas the cleanest of all fossil fuels, it also affordable, safe and abundant. Therefore it should be no surprise that businesses, consumers, governments and environmentalists alike are all beginning to recognize the benefits of natural gas and to encourage the increased use of the fuel in transportation systems around the world.

This section of Blue Corridor provides news and data demonstrating the economic and environmental benefits of natural gas, some of which are outlined below. But these aren’t the only benefits of natural gas – click on the blog posts, videos, photos and presentations in the sections below to find out why this blue fuel is becoming the energy source of choice for more and more drivers each day!

 

The Environmental Benefits of Natural Gas

  • Natural gas can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20% - 30% when compared to petrol and diesel. As a result, a 2013 European Gas Forum (EGaF) report found that increasing the share of natural gas in the European Union energy mix by only 1% will reduce Europe’s emissions by 3%.
  • Vehicles running on natural gas emit 25% less carbon dioxide than those powered by petrol and 20% less carbon dioxide than those powered by diesel.
  • Natural gas-powered vehicles produce up to 95% less nitrogen oxide than vehicles running on petroleum or diesel fuels.
  • Natural gas is less flammable than other transportation fuels, making it a safe environmental choice.

 

The Economic Benefits of Natural Gas

  • On average, the cost of natural gas is about 30% lower than diesel and about 50% lower than petroleum.
  • Natural gas-powered vehicles also have far lower operating and maintenance costs, which in turn generate significant savings over the life cycle of a vehicle.
  • EGaF anticipates that if reliance on natural gas as a transportation fuel increases, the transport sector will see a savings of between €60 billion and €70 billion by the year 2030.
  • Recognizing the long-term benefits of natural gas in transportation, governments across the globe are providing financial incentives for purchasing natural gas-powered vehicles and building the necessary infrastructure to encourage growth in the natural gas vehicle market.

These benefits of natural gas are just some of the reasons why demand for natural gas in transportation grew tenfold between 2000 and 2010. Looking forward, this is also why the International Energy Agency (IEA) predicted in its June 2013 Medium-Term Gas Report that in the next decade, gas use in the road and maritime transport sector will be a new and important driver of growth that will increase demand by nearly 10%. Overall, the IEA foresees global natural gas demand increasing by 15.6% between 2012 and 2018 and reaching 962 billion cubic meters over the same time period.

Check back frequently for more blog posts, videos, photos and presentations on the benefits of natural gas from Blue Corridor, representatives from the companies supporting it and experts in transportation, energy and policy analysis.