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Wales & West Utilities has joined forces with the Natural Gas Vehicles Network, NGVN; adding clout to the UK Natural Gas Vehicle industry, which has a significant role to play in helping to tackle air quality and decarbonise the transport sector.

Mike Foster of NGVN said:

Wales & West Utilities is uniquely placed to help us drive natural gas vehicles higher up the political agenda. Over recent months we have seen increased interest in tackling air quality and with our legal commitment to meet the carbon reduction targets, decarbonising transport will become more important.

“Presently, a staggering 16% of the total transport sector greenhouse gas emissions come from the UK’s 208,000 HGVs. If just one percent of light commercial vehicles, heavy goods vehicles, buses and coaches switched to natural gas we could reduce CO2 by 64,000 tonnes per annum and see NOx emissions reduced by 13 tonnes. Having these industry influencers on board provides us with the opportunity to fully investigate the role that Gas Distribution Networks can play in developing the infrastructure required for the roll out of natural gas vehicles.”

Chris Clarke, Wales & West Utilities Director of Asset Management and HS&E said:

“As a company and as an industry we are dedicated to making sure we keep our customers safe and warm, with an energy supply that is affordable, secure and sustainable – and gas is central to this. We’re working hard to let policymakers know how gas, and particularly green gas, can contribute to a low carbon future – and the decarbonisation of transport is a key part of this. We’re looking forward to fully investigating how we can support the infrastructure needed for natural gas vehicles.”

Wales & West Utilities, the gas emergency and pipeline service, brings energy to 7.5m people across the south west of England and Wales. If anyone smells gas, thinks they have a gas leak, or suspects carbon monoxide poisoning, they should call us on 0800 111 999 and our engineers will be there to help, day or night. 

The Natural Gas Vehicle Network, (NGVN) is a trade association that represents participants from across the Natural Gas industry supply chain that play a role in the use of gas as a transport fuel including; network operators, infrastructure providers, vehicle manufacturers, fuel providers and logistic companies. The Network works with Government and other agencies to develop the framework within which the industry will operate.