Wallonia: 18% cars on CNG by 2030
Walloon Energy Minister, Jean-Luc Crucke (MR), wants to increase the number of cars running on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) to 18% by 2030. To accomplish that, a financial backing of one million euro will be provided to investors to bring the number of charging stations up to 220 by 2030.
With the increasing price of the CO2 ton, the Walloon Region will collect 21,6 million euro more out of its CO2 sales. Part of this unexpected gain will be reinvested in the development of a less polluting fleet of cars. Walloon Energy Minister, Jean-Luc Crucke (MR), hopes to bring the number of electric and CNG cars in the region respectively to 19% and 18% by 2030.
Popular in Flanders
Currently according to figures from Febiac, there are 10.930 CNG vehicles registered in Belgium with a vast majority in Flanders. Last year, 2.487 CNG cars were registered nationwide with only 200 in Brussels and 154 in Wallonia. Although, for 2018 it seems interest is rising. During the first eight months of this year, sales have more than doubled with already 3.573 CNG cars registered in Belgium.
More charging stations
According to a study from the Belgian Federal Commission for Electricity and Gas Regulation (CREG) from March, the low number of fueling stations is to blame for the limited progress of CNG. When the study was published there were 91 of them in the whole country with 17 in Wallonia and only one in Brussels. This June, the one hundredth station was inaugurated.
Jean-Luc Crucke’s objective is to increase the number of charging stations in Wallonia to 220 by 2030. He has allocated a financial backing of one million euro for interested investors in the sector. If the infrastructure in enhanced, the demand for CNG cars will increase.
More economical than diesel and petrol
The study from the CREG dives deep into this rather new fuel and its various hindrances and advantages. On average, a CNG car is 200 euro more expensive than a diesel version and 2.400 euro more than the petrol one. Although, it varies depending on the car. For the Volkswagen Golf, both CNG and petrol versions costs exactly the same.
Taking into account the fuel price, CNG is easier on the wallet too. After calculation, the CREG estimated that CNG was the cheaper alternative. A petrol version of the VW Golf will cost 6,49 euro per 100 km, while that cost goes down to 4,83 euro per 100 km for the diesel version, 4,33 for electric and 3,67 for CNG.
CNG, LNG or LPG
CNG isn’t the only alternative to diesel or petrol. LNG and LPG exist too but they are distinctively different. First of all, CNG or Compressed Natural Gas is, as its name suggests, natural gas taken from the ground and injected into a pressurized tank at around 200 bars.
LNG stands for Liquefied Natural Gas. It uses the same principal gas as CNG but it is transported in liquid form. Its major use is to power boats or trucks. Finally, LPG or Liquefied Petroleum Gas is a derivative from petrol and a surplus from the refinement of diesel.
Contrary to LPG, diesel or petrol, CNG is much cleaner. It emits from 7 to 16% less CO2 than a diesel car, 77% fewer small particulates and 90% less NOx.