Iveco and Iveco Bus, leaders in natural gas engines for commercial and passenger vehicles, recently exhibited their expertise and experience to major global carriers in the East of France at SYDEME, a French waste collection and treatment service that groups 14 inter-municipality associations covering 298 communes.
On March 2, Iveco and Iveco Bus jointly invited some 69 freight and passenger carriers to SYDEME’s Méthavalor site in Forbach, France. The purpose of the visit was to present to them the challenges faced by the gas and methane production industry, and inform them of the latest government measures in that respect.
A pioneer in natural gas as an alternative to diesel, Iveco benefits from 25 years’ experience resulting in the production of more than 33 000 engines fuelled by natural gas for light commercial vehicles (Daily), heavy goods vehicles (Eurocargo, Stralis) and urban transport vehicles (Urbanway, Crealis, Daily minibus). Iveco and Iveco BUS are also said to have the largest range of natural-gas-fuelled industrial vehicles in the European market.
The invited clients were introduced to SYDEME’s fleet system, comprising 34 Iveco trucks fuelled from a public green natural gas (GNVERT) station installed at the site, delivering both green natural gas and biomethane fuel. SYDEME can thus run 100% carbon-free as well as emitting virtually no noise, particulates or NOx; completely recycle household waste to generate electricity, hot water, renewable fuel and bio-compost; and control transport costs by switching totally from petroleum (reducing petroleum-based fuel spending by up to 40%).
The attendants also discussed with Iveco specialists the recent government measures promoting the energy transition to reduce atmospheric pollution and its impacts on public health. Fully compatible with biomethane – the fuel produced by recycling agricultural, household and industrial waste – Iveco trucks and Iveco Bus coaches with Natural Power (NP) engines can run entirely carbon-free and without using fossil fuel.
More specifically in the public transport field, the implementation decree of the French “Energy Transition” Law regarding low-emission buses and coaches, published in the Official Journal on January 12, 2017, sets ambitious targets when renewing fleets of more than 20 vehicles: the State and local authorities now have to ensure that 50% of a bus and coach fleet is low-emission by 2020, and 100% by 2025.