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Gas-powered trucks not as good for the environment as claimed

Gas-powered trucks not as good for the environment as claimed

Remember when truck makers told us liquified natural gas (LNG)-powered trucks were better for the environment than diesel trucks? 

Well, they were wrong. In fact they are up to five times more polluting.

Tests commissioned by the government in the Netherlands have proved claims LNG trucks cut nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions by more than 30% are nonsense. Calls are now being made for EU governments to stop promoting the uptake of LNG trucks and end the low taxes on fossil gas for transport.

According to the results, the three LNG trucks tested emit between two and five times more poisonous NOx than the diesel truck with the lowest test result when driven in urban areas, regional roads and motorways. In town and city driving, the gas trucks released two to 3.5 times more NOx than the lowest-emission diesel truck.

Stef Cornelis, clean trucks manager at Transport and Environment, said: “Gas trucks are not clean and can actually be worse than diesel. It’s time for policymakers to have a fresh look at the evidence and put an end to gas truck subsidies, LNG infrastructure investments and tax breaks for what is just another polluting fossil fuel.”

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