Gas Networks Ireland has launched a EUR 2.9 million Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Vehicle Grant Program to support the purchase of up to 400 CNG-powered trucks, buses and vans and drive a more sustainable transport sector.

The grant covers 20% of the difference between CNG and diesel vehicles, which is limited to EUR 5,000, with a maximum of EUR 60,000 available to each applicant. Grants can be used for the cost of vehicles registered from 2020.

“I am very excited to launch Gas Networks Ireland’s CNG vehicle grant program and I encourage Irish fleet operators and freight forwarders to take advantage of these additional cost savings and choose this option for cleaner fuel for their vehicles,” says Declan O. ‘Sullivan, CNG Program Supply Manager at Gas Networks Ireland. “CO2-neutral renewable gas from food and agricultural waste, which was first introduced into the gas network in 2019, is structurally identical to renewable gas and can be used in the same way via the existing infrastructure, technology and equipment. This means that as the volume of renewable gas in the network increases, vehicles powered by CNG will increasingly reduce their carbon footprint without having to change anything. “

The road to cleaner heavy duty vehicles and buses, which only account for 4% of the vehicles on Irish roads but cause 30% of Ireland’s road transport emissions, is a challenge: it is not just the sector that is responsible for a disproportionate amount of transport emissions. However, electricity is not an alternative to diesel to fuel these long-haul vehicles.

CNG can reduce truck emissions by up to 23% compared to diesel and enable operators to achieve cost savings of up to 35%. CNG is gas-compressed to fit in the tank of a natural gas vehicle (NGV) and is particularly suitable for use in commercial vehicles. It is a cleaner, affordable and proven alternative to diesel and is starting to play an important role in the Irish fuel mix.

Gas Networks Ireland is working with Ireland’s forecourt operators and freight forwarders to develop a CNG refueling network. There are CNG filling stations on the forecourt of Circle K in Dublin Port and Cashel. Two more are due to open this year in Dublin and Limerick, another in Cavan under construction and another eight in planning and development. Three private CNG stations are also in operation.