Between 2013 and 2014, ConferenzaGNL has scheduled monothematic follow-up meetings focused on the interest of the Military Navy in the use of LNG for naval propulsion, on the development of normative framework and standards for the land transport, and on the opportunities related to the use of liquefied natural gas for ships.
The 2nd ConferenzaGNL took place in Rome, Italy, 10th-11th April, 2014
The activities of ConferenzaGNL have clearly highlighted the dynamism, both at European and International levels, of the regulatory and industrial activities aimed to develop a legislative framework as well as the LNG industrial chain for land and maritime transports.
From the legislative point of view, before Summer 2014 the European stakeholders of the LNG fuelled transports are asked to implement the proposal for a Directive on the development of infrastructures for alternative fuels [COM(2013)18 final]. The Directive proposed by the European Commission should also fix the infrastructural targets for liquefied natural gas stations in ports and along the European TEN-T motorways, from 2020 to 2025.
Besides, the regulations agreed in the framework of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) state that, starting from1 January, 2015, the sulphur limits inmaritime fuels in those regions where emissions are under control (ECA and SECA) should be ten times less than the current ones; in Europe these areas are the Baltic Region, the North Sea and the English Channel.
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In this framework, the industrial initiatives aiming to the adoption of LNG as bunker for ferry boats, coast guards and internal naval transport are currently experiencing an advancing development and are creating a new logistics, which is necessary for the distribution of the liquefied natural gas along the Northern European coasts. At the same time, heavy vehicle fleets fuelled by LNG are growing along the motorway routes between the Dutch, French and German frontiers, where both refilling and maintenance services are provided.
In the US, we are assisting to the development of the so-called green highways,motorways equipped with service stations able to refuel with liquefied natural gas the long-distance heavy trucks. In addition, the major American railway operators in collaboration with the locomotive manufacturers are developing the dual fuel (diesel/LNG) conversion for their engines, about 18.000 locomotives. Moreover, in the maritime sector, major petroleum companies and plant design firms are planning the building of a supply chain able to refill cargo ships with LNG in the Great Lakes area and along the coasts of the Gulf of Mexico, the latters under ECA regime.
In theMediterranean Area, environmental legislations on the emissions frommaritime activities will not set limits so tight with respect to ECA/SECA areas, at least until 2020. However, the need for environmental protection in seaports, along the coasts and themotorways together with the perspectives of growing competitiveness in the use of LNG as fuel for transports are inspiring the actions of companies and institutions that see opportunities for new industrial development and know-how acquisition.
These normative and industrial initiatives are also supported by the important developments in the international LNG supply chain that is experiencing an expansion of the capacity through the installation of newliquefaction plants along the coasts of the USA and Australia, favouring the gradual integration of themain international LNGmarkets. The Second ConferenzaGNL-Italy-Mediterranean Area Conference on Liquefied Natural Gas for land andmaritime transport-which will take place on April 10-11, 2014, in Rome, aims to communicate to the Italian and European Institutions on the real commitment of the industrial stakeholders in the deployment of the LNG as fuel for transport.
The attendees will listen to presentations of programs, solutions and technologies in themajor regional areas of the world developed by global energy companies.