Use of compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and hybrid vehicles will grow dramatically worldwide, more than doubling their use in the next decade in helping address the issues of climate change and energy security, according to the International Fuel Quality Center (IFQC). To address the increasing issues developing around alternative fuels and the vehicles that run on them, IFQC has launched the Alternative Fuels Service (AFS).
“Alternative fuels play a varied but growing role in countries around the world,” said Liisa Kiuru, executive director, IFQC. “In developing countries in Asia and Latin America, they are gaining momentum to tackle local air pollution challenges, and in advanced economies, they act as a part of a comprehensive low carbon fuel policy approach, like the Low Carbon Fuels Standard [LCFS] in California.”
China is an example of the growing need for alternative – the rapid pace of the country’s economic expansion is resulting in huge growth in automotive and petroleum demand, so the adoption of alternative fuels is seen as a solution to fuel diversification and energy security. Besides biofuels, several alternative fuels and vehicles have been tested and are being developed for wide-scale use in China: CNG, LPG, methanol, di-methyl ether (DME), as well as hybrid, electric and fuel cell vehicles. In fact, in 2008, China sold 24 million two-wheelers, equal to 40% of all light-duty vehicles sold worldwide (60 million).
India is another example, where state and central governments have taken initiatives to provide subsidies to help alternative fuels. The Indian government is also experimenting with Hythane, a mixture of 20 vol% (7% by energy content) hydrogen in natural gas.
Yet another example is Latin America, where many projects were developed to supply the U.S. natural gas market with LNG. Given the massive unconventional natural gas discoveries in the region, many Latin American markets no longer have purchasers for their product, so they are looking to use natural gas instead of petroleum-based products.
AFS provides its members with analysis of the infrastructure, policies and legislation influencing alternative fuels and vehicles, including taxes, subsidies and emissions. As part of this extensive coverage, the AFS recently published two in-depth reports on the evolving alternative fuels and vehicle situations in China and India, which are now available to AFS members.
“We launched this service in response to the growing need for reliable and verified data on all the issues surrounding these fuels and vehicles,” said Kuntal Vora, global manager, AFS. “We are also confident that the AFS will act as a platform for international discussions on all the comprehensive issues related to growing use of alternative fuels and conventional and alternative vehicles.”
For more information about AFS, visit www.ifqc.org/afs or contact:
· Americas: Kuntal Vora at +1.713.260.6463.
· Europe/Africa: Ula Szalkowska at +32.2.661.3085
· Middle East/Asia: Karen Chan at +65.6435.0122
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