The World has agreed to cut its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 80-95% by 2050 and was the driving force behind the Paris Agreement which requires net zero emissions by the middle of the century. While natural gas is widely accepted overseas as an alternative fuel source for commercial vehicles, it hasn’t really been widely discussed among fleet owners in Africa. Climate policy will require a shift away from petroleum which currently provides nearly all of transport’s energy needs. Apart from a transition towards zero emission technologies such as battery electric or hydrogen, regulators and governments across world are considering what role gas could play in decarbonising transport. While natural gas is often the energy source for residential, commercial, and industrial processes, vehicles can operate on this fuel, either through the use of engines designed specifically for natural gas or by modifying an engine designed to run on gasoline or diesel.
Natural gas, being the cleanest burning alternative transportation fuel available today, offers an opportunity to meet the carbon emission restraints of the Carbon Tax Bill. In addition, natural gas is safe, because it is lighter than air. In the event of an accident, it simply dissipates into the air instead of forming a dangerously flammable pool on the ground like other liquid fuels. This also contributes to the prevention of ground pollution. This is not just of environmental importance; the cleaner fuel significantly lowers vehicle maintenance and running costs, with less contamination and residue build up across engine components. Since CNG is a cleaner burning fuel, it leaves little or no residue compared to other fuels. Thus, the damage to the pipes and tubes of the vehicle’s engine is greatly reduced. There is also less particulate matter that can contaminate the motor oil. This results in longer periods in between maintenance procedures such as tune-ups and oil changes. As a result, owners of CNG-powered vehicles enjoy bigger savings on maintenance costs.
At Reachfield Enterprise are convinced that natural gas vehicles could serve as a better economic alternative for large fleets of vehicles. Taxis, transit and school buses, airport shuttles, construction vehicles, garbage trucks, delivery vehicles, and public works vehicles can all be well suited to natural gas fuelling.