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Sustainability report 19/20

Sustainable gas-powered mobility

With a share of about 45% of all emissions, the transport sector as a whole, and heavy goods traffic in particular, could play an important part in achieving national and European climate goals.

Since autumn 2020 we have been cooperating with Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI) to enhance the existing ultra-low-temperature conditioning (ULTC) gas liquefaction technology in order to produce biomethane (bio-LNG) for heavy goods vehicles – an environmentally friendly alternative that significantly reduces traffic-related emissions. Opting for biogas means that truck operation is carbon-neutral; what’s more, the gas is locally produced in Austria. HZI forecasts that the first production-ready units will be available for delivery to customers such as biogas producers from 2022.

RAG is already contributing to the reduction in emissions from transport thanks to its network of CNG and LNG filling stations. Establishing hydrogen as a transport fuel is also one of our development goals.

Benefits of LNG powered trucks

  • Reduction of 95% in fine particulates
  • Over 70% reduction in nitrogen oxides (NOx, NO2)
  • Reduction in CO2 emissions
  • Mature HGV technology and assured long-term availability
  • 50% reduction in vehicle noise
  • Industry driving the development of bio-LNG as a climate-neutral fuel