Environmental Benefits of Natural Gas

Natural gas isn’t just affordable; there are many environmental benefits of natural gas, as well, that help limit the effects of climate change and pollution. By utilizing this clean, low-emitting fuel in transportation, natural gas vehicle (NGV) drivers could make a serious impact.

This section of Blue Corridor is dedicated to examining the environmental benefits of natural gas. To do this, Blue Corridor will provide expert insights and analysis from the companies supporting us, as well as experts in transportation, natural gas specialists and energy policy analysts. Scroll down for blog posts, videos, photos and presentations from these contributors on the many ways in which using natural gas in transportation can benefit the environment and help combat climate change.


What Are the Environmental Benefits of Natural Gas?

Switching from other fossil fuels to natural gas packs a one-two punch of dramatically improving air quality and lowering carbon output, which provides health benefits and helps to reduce the rate of climate change. This is because natural gas can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20% -  30% when compared to petrol and diesel. By increasing the share of natural gas employed in the European Union energy mix by just 1%, the European Gas Forum found that Europe could reduce emissions by 3%.

According to Natural Gas Vehicles for America, replacing an old vehicle with a new one powered by natural gas can reduce exhaust emissions of:

  • Carbon monoxide by 70 - 90%
  • Non-methane organic gas by 50 - 75%
  • Nitrogen oxides by 75 - 95%
  • Carbon dioxide by 20 - 30%

Furthermore, light-duty vehicles powered by natural gas emit up to 90% less nitrogen oxide and 98% less hydrocarbon than their petrol-fueled counterparts.

These levels of emissions reductions can greatly support global efforts to combat climate change caused by greenhouse gas emissions. The International Association of Natural Gas Vehicles estimates that there will be more than 50 million natural gas-powered vehicles worldwide within the next 10 years, or about 9% of the world’s transportation fleets – so the corresponding emissions reductions will be significant.

And the emissions reductions aren’t just made on the road: A study from Det Norske Veritas AS shows that, compared to a conventionally fueled vessel, a liquefied natural gas powered crude oil tanker would:

  • Use 25% less energy
  • Emit 34% less carbon dioxide
  • Emit more than 80% less nitrogen oxide
  • Emit 95% less sulfur oxide and particulate matter

Also, whether on land or on sea, natural gas disperses more quickly than petroleum-based fuels, so it is less dangerous to the environment in the event of a spill. It additionally has a higher ignition temperature than diesel or petroleum, making it less flammable if an accident was to happen.

As NGVs’ popularity grows and more manufacturers enter the marketplace, NGV technology will only improve, increasing the environmental benefits of natural gas powered vehicles. To learn more about this progress and the many different benefits natural gas can provide environmental efforts, check out the blog posts, videos, photos and presentations below.

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