Gas TSO of Ukraine welcomes the Verkhovna Rada’s decision to support draft laws to stimulate the development of green transport in Ukraine, in particular the use of compressed natural gas (CNG) as a transitional fuel.
Today compressed natural gas is the most affordable and efficient fuel for Ukrainian transport, as it produces 80% less harmful emissions during combustion and provides 40-50% savings compared to petroleum products. In addition, CNG is also a transitional fuel, which may be gradually replaced by biogas in the future.
“This is an opportunity not only to significantly improve the urban environment, but also to strengthen Ukraine’s energy security to reduce dependence on imported and not environmentally friendly fuels from Belarus-Russia, such as gasoline or diesel. Expanding the network of CNG stations does not require significant investments – we already do have all the infrastructure”, says Sergiy Makogon, CEO of GTSOU.
Currently, there are over 300 CNG filling stations in Ukraine. If the demand for the compressed gas grows rapidly, this amount will not be sufficient. However, Ukraine’s ramified gas transmission system allows us to expand the network of refueling stations. The necessary infrastructure of methane refueling stations can be created in any city or along important highways.
Among the benefits of using CNG and biogas as motor fuel are the following:
- – reduction of harmful emissions from the main sources of urban pollution – vehicles and, as a consequence, improvement of urban ecology;
- – 40-50% savings in the cost of operation and servicing of vehicles by state and municipal enterprises, organizations and institutions, as well as by individual consumers;
- – ramified gas pipeline network of 37.1 thousand kilometers which allows easily expanding the network of refueling stations;
- – stimulation of renewable energy development – biogas production;
- – promoting the development of production of CNG, LNG and biogas powered vehicles in Ukraine, equipment for refueling stations and component parts for them, etc.
“Europe moves to more eco-friendly fuels for transportation in order to meet the goals of the Green Deal strategy. According to the EU Directive on Alternative Fuels Infrastructure, European countries have to ensure the availability of electric, methane and hydrogen filling stations within 150 km radius. In other words, the strategy of energy transition in transport sector is enshrined at the legislative level”, emphasized Sergiy Makogon.