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Natural gas for HDVs can help reduce UK carbon emissions but will need fuel tax duty stability for successful implementation

2 November 2017

Matthew Joss
Matthew Joss Principal Engineer

This analysis has shown us that natural gas has a role to play in reducing emissions for heavy duty vehicles, but ultimately there is a need for a blended mix of fuels and technologies across fleets if we are to meet UK decarbonisation targets by 2050

Within this mix we see a combination of natural gas fuel for HDVs, electric power for transport such as buses and urban deliveries as well as efficiency improvements within internal combustion engines. However, due to the high costs needed in order to modify the infrastructure to support the introduction of natural gas as fuel source the government should look towards freezing fuel tax duty to ensure industry can make the necessary capital investments in natural gas provision.

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