The Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Motion Project aims to reduce CO2 emission and support the use of alternative fuels. Truck transport, which is mostly fuelled by fossil fuel sources such as diesel, is responsible for approximately 5% of the total European Union (EU) CO2 emission. EU policy focuses on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure (Directive 2014/94EU) and strives for a reduction in energy consumption of 20% by 2020. Member States have to support alternative fuels infrastructure using fuels such as natural gas, electricity and hydrogen. LNG is a clean alternative fuel source for diesel that reduces the emission of CO2 and particulate matter and has a higher energy efficiency. It is well-suited for long-distance truck transport for which alternatives to diesel are limited. In addition, the burning of LNG reduces noise pollution compared to burning of diesel. The global gas stock is significantly larger and more globally diverse than oil, favouring LNG from a social-economic and political perspective as well.
The current network of LNG fuelling stations isn’t sufficient for practical use. In this study with pilot deployment, LNG Motion will study and invest in 16 LNG fuelling stations and 100 trucks fuelled by LNG along the TEN-T core network corridors by 2021. With these strategic locations LNG Motion forms the backbone for the EU wide LNG infrastructure. The consortium will assess whether LNG fuelling is a viable alternative for fossil fuels. Furthermore, the feasibility of the use of Bio-LNG as a transport fuel and development of a standardised LNG fuelling payment system is determined. Ultimately, LNG Motion aims to contribute to a large scale infrastructure for truck transport consisting of 400 operable LNG fueling stations and 20% LNG fuelled trucks throughout the EU by the end of 2030.