The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has launched the Round Table on Gas-based Mobility chaired by State Secretary Rainer Baake to promote gas-based mobility.

Fostering the use of natural gas as a fuel

The Round Table aims to foster the use of natural gas as a fuel. Gas-fuelled vehicles are characterised by low CO2 emissions, and they emit no particles and hardly any nitrogen oxides. Therefore the use of natural gas as a fuel can considerably contribute to reducing emissions of fine particles in our cities and help to trigger a turnaround in CO2 emissions in the transport sector. The Round Table has agreed to elaborate a package of measures to reach a share of natural gas of four percent in energy consumption in the transport sector by 2020. This target was agreed upon at the end of 2015 between the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and the automotive industry.

Participants at the Round Table

Representatives of vehicle manufacturers, gas suppliers, operators of fuelling stations, retail trade customers, fleet operators and the public sector attended the first meeting of the Round Table. The participants at the Round Table intend to elaborate a package of measures by the end of January 2017. The identification of focus regions in Germany is one important step. The intention is to press quickly ahead with the use of gas-fuelled vehicles and the expansion of the related infrastructure in these focus regions. Working groups have been set up on these and further issues; they will present their interim results at the second meeting of the Round Table in November 2016.