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NGV/bioNGV, a concrete alternative to petroleum fuels


The project

In France, road transport represents 35% of CO2 emissions.


What can be done? Eliminate road traffic? Difficult: estimates show that by 2050 goods transport will double worldwide and the number of vehicles could triple.


An effective solution would be to use alternative energies to petroleum fuels, a source of pollution and soaring prices. It would be ideal for this fuel to be available in abundance, even renewable!


That it be economically and energy-performance efficient while being environmentally friendly. That it ensures autonomy, comfort and enough power to cover short or long distances. That the technology to exploit it is available.


This fuel is natural gas for vehicles or "NGV". It's naturally abundant and in its renewable bioNGV form can even be produced on our territories through organic waste methanisation.


As France welcomes the COP21 this year, we must mobilise to make the public aware of this solution within our reach.


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One of the major 21st century economic and ecological issues is to ensure the transport of people and goods while safeguarding public health and the environment.

A sector of the future tomorrow's fuel


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A sector of the future, tomorrow's fuel

Since 1990 the number of NGV-powered vehicles has increased 20% yearly worldwide to currently reach 19 million.

In France, 10% of buses and dumpsters are already NGV-fuelled. Road transport and urban logistics companies show a growing interest in this ecological and abundant energy. In the very near future private individuals facing environmental issues and legal constraints will opt for ecological solutions. NGV is among them, with a double advantage.

First, this fuel is based on a safe and controlled engine technology that. Second, we can produce this gason our territories thanks to bioNGV and anaerobic digestion.


We can thereby create jobs by producing fuel that optimises part of our household, agricultural and industrial wastes as well as sewage sludge: Yes, this is a project with a future.

nvg or bioNGV :
what are we talking about?

Natural gas for vehicles (NGV) is, at its core, the same gas used for heating, hot water or domestic cooking. It is a fossil-based natural methane gas.


This methane can be produced locally by waste anaerobic digestion, known as bioNGV, a renewable version of NGV.


This is the only difference between NGV and bioNGV; they are both composed of the same identical methane molecule (CH4). They can therefore be mixed, in transport and gas distribution networks, in fuel stations and NGV vehicles' fuel tanks. BioGNV use therefore requires no adaptation of the existing developed NGV sector.


NGV and bioNGV worldwide...

To date the total number of vehicles in the world is approximately 800 million and could reach 2 billion by 2050. Out of the 800 million, about 19 million are NGV-powered.


Many countries are equipped with NGV vehicles (heavy or light), for example Italy, the United States, Argentina, Canada, Venezuela, Malaysia... Sweden - very sensitive to environmental issues - immediately invested in this renewable fuel version: bioNGV. Today, it fuels more than 60% of Swedish vehicles! This was made possible through the development of NGV stations throughout Swedish territory and the conversion of city bus and dumpster fleets as well as regional transport. (sourceᅠ: GrDF)

Out of  800 million vehicles

approximately 19 million

are NGV-powered.

2020, there will be 65 million NGV vehicles in the world,

i.e. 4 to 5 % of the market.

North America

6 550

Latin America

8 296


14 811

Central Europe


World total

157 703 10 m3

Middle East

53 054

Russian Federation

56 677

World gas reserves

Western Europe

7 170


10 444

... and in France

In France, professional uses energize the market and will enable the creation of a sufficiently extensive dense fuel station network to extend to individuals. Some 10% of buses and dumpsters are NGV-powered. Two-thirds of large cities with more than 200,000 inhabitants have chosen NGV for public transportation. Smaller communities have also made this choice. Today, there are nearly 30 cities running NGV or bioNGV buses. These include Bordeaux, Besançon, Clermont-Ferrand, Dunkerque, Grenoble, Le Mans, Lille, Montpellier, Nancy, Nantes, Nice, Paris, Poitiers, Quimper, Strasbourg, Toulouse, Valence.

Growing interest

Road transport and urban logistics companies show a growing interest in this clean energy. This renewed interest for a technically proven solution is explained by the conjunction of several factors:


  • Fine particulate pollution notably emitted by Diesel engines. Consequently, regulations and community policies, particularly in urban areas, are taking a tougher stance against diesel fuel.

  • The EuroVI standard, applicable since 2014 for heavy goods vehicles, imposes a five-fold reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions and three-fold reduction in fine particulate releases compared to the previous one. Technological adaptation to this standard has driven up diesel vehicle prices and maintenance costs.

  • The growing instability in French oil refinery machinery, due to the high proportion of diesel vehicles in France, has a negative impact on French trade balance and diesel costs.

  • NGV and bioNGV-fuelled vehicles have a power and autonomy that electric power can't presently offer heavy carry vehicles.

NGV and bioNGV : an inexhaustible resource


The world's natural gas reserves guarantee numerous years of supply and every year we discover more natural gas than we consume. In France, the supply source diversity, pipeline network interconnections and underground storage ensure the sustainability and security of supply.


Animal and vegetal waste anaerobic digestion produce BioNGV, including our fermentable waste. We daily produce tons of such waste just waiting to be processed into fuel – an inexhaustible supply. It is estimated that a kilo of waste enables a car to travel 1 km. In France our methanisable garbage content alone represents more than 20 million tonnes! In addition to this there is sewage sludge as well as agricultural and farm produce effluents. Therefore, as in Lille or Morsbach, let's use waste to power our vehicles!

At the community level, this represents significant benefits: the organic waste of 200 inhabitants can produce the equivalent of one light vehicle's annual fuel consumption.


In the same manner, 4,000 inhabitants can "provide" a year's fuel supply for a garbage dumpster and 7,000 people supply a bus for one year.


The project


To promote NGV and the biogas used to produce bioNGV, the government and the industrial sector particularly rely on the Association Française du GNV (AFGNV, Association Française du Gaz Naturel pour Véhicule, or the "French Association for Natural Gas for Vehicles") and Biogaz Vallée®.

Partner members of these associations are committed alongside Biogaz Vallée® and the AFGNV to present and explain all the advantages tied into the use of this booming sustainable mobility and transport solution :


  • Biogas producers: Air Liquide, Suez
  • Gas network managers: GRDF, GRTgaz
  • NGV and bioGNV fuel suppliers: Air Liquide, GNVert
  • Gas vehicle manufacturers: Fiat, Iveco, Renault Trucks, Scania, Volvo Trucks

Users :

  • companies: CARREFOUR, KEOLIS
  • territorial communities: FNCCR (Fédération Nationale des Collectivités Concédantes et Régies, or "National Federation of local Licensor Communities and Authorities").


These partners share the common ambition of responding to key actors' principal concerns in this sector's development :


  • In-house company and local community fleet managers ;
  • elected representatives and company directors whose entity activities use this fuel ;
  • general public consumers, citizens as well as direct or indirect recipients of these offered services.

A sector of the future tomorrow's fuel