Today the issues of environmental protection and ecological responsibility of business have become subjects of special importance. For Gazprom Export doing business means following the strictes environmental standards.
We pay special attention to the state of the gas transport network when delivering natural gas to our customers. Extrapolation of the gas leakage measurement results indicates: across the Gazprom Group’s pipelines, including production facilities, the total loss of gas is only about 1%. We can confirm: the supply of «blue fuel» has a minimal environmental impact.
Natural gas is the cleanest fuel from an environmental point of view. Modern, energy-efficient equipment can burn gas with high efficiency and minimal emissions, including those of carbon dioxide which causes the greenhouse effect.
Protecting the environment and countering the adverse global climate change has become our company’s objective. The Kyoto Protocol, which is aimed at gradually reducing carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere, provides for trading these emissions. Our subsidiary company Gazprom Marketing & Trading, based in the UK, is developing this business segment.
NATURAL GAS AS THE MOTOR FUEL
Reduction of transportation emissions is a global challenge. This can be achieved, among other ways, through the use of ecologically cleaner vehicles and fuels. The revolutionary option that can quickly and at a relatively low cost achieve emissions’ reductions is the transition to an entirely new fuel which is natural gas. Gas is an affordable, reliable, environmentally friendly and less expensive fuel than conventional petroleum products.
CO2 emissions from natural gas vehicles (NGVs) are 25% less than from cars running on petrol. Gas engines release about 95% less carbon dioxide than diesel. Particulate matters emissions from these motors are practically zero.
During the first decade of the 21st century the world fleet of gas-powered vehicles grew tenfold. Today, more than 22 million cars, buses and trucks around the world run on methane. Gas vehicles still make up only 0.02% of the entire fleet of road vehicles, but their number is growing rapidly.
One of the key challenges for the development of this segment is lack of infrastructure for refueling with compressed and liquefied natural gas (CNG/LNG). Only after such an infrastructure is in place, the benefits of natural gas vehicles, ships and locomotives will be effectuated at full scale.
Realizing this, Gazprom Export and its subsidiaries have started to invest in gas fuelling stations in Europe. In July 2016, Gazprom Germania and Czech Vemex s.r.o. operated 67 CNG filling stations and two LNG filling units in Europe. In 2015 Gazprom Group marketed 11.1 million cubic meters of CNG and LNG for transport.Gazprom Group plans to expand its presence in the global markets of natural gas used as motor fuel for vehicles, as well as marine and river vessels.
For advancement of the unique combination of environmental, economic and social benefits of natural gas being used as an engine fuel, to demonstrate the diversity of factory-manufactured gas powered cars, beginning from 2008 on Gazprom organizes gas-powered car rallies under the name «Blue Corridor». Statistics show that from 2009 to 2015, the European countries on the Blue Corridor Rally route saw a 70% increase in filling station numbers (over 1,800 new stations built); demand for natural gas grew 320%, while the number of gas-fueled vehicles doubled.
Read more about the rally and other related events in our Gas Motor Fuel section.