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MEXICO AND NATURAL GAS

In the last decade, the national demand for natural gas has increased 34.3% in Mexico. This fuel is more efficient and sustainable compared to power plants that use another type of fossil fuel, due to the lower generation of CO2 emissions and the high yields of energy contained in it (about 60%), combined with that natural gas is a lower cost fuel.

Natural gas has been considered as a fuel option because it is less polluting and economical. It can be used in domestic consumption, it reaches homes through the network of underground polyethylene pipes and is used for the operation of stoves, ovens, dryers, among other appliances. It does not represent a fire risk as it rises and disperses in air without combustion.

Moreover, it can be used as transportation fuel, known as natural gas for vehicles (NGV), providing a series of benefits with an economic and environmental impact.

The Ministry of Energy (SENER) of Mexico indicated that the demand for natural gas in the transport sector has grown by 40% due to the 15.2% increase in the vehicle fleet that uses this fuel. In Mexico there are natural gas powered vehicles for more than 10 years.

Approximately 15,000 low-emission CNG vehicles circulate in the country. These units correspond 45% to taxis, 15% to passenger transport and 40% to freight transport. As for the refueling network for NGVs, there are about 35 service stations.

NGV: ECONOMY AND SUSTAINABILITY

The planet needs our support to survive, we can start by being aware of the way we move to our daily activities. Data from the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI) show that more than 45 million motor vehicles circulate in Mexico, this number includes cars, trucks and vans for passengers, cargo trucks and motorcycles, as well as units for official and public service.

In the Valley of Mexico, vehicle-generated emissions represent up to 60% of total pollution by coarse suspended particles as reported by UN studies. The most alarming is that, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 14,000 people die in our country every year due to diseases associated with air pollution.

In this sense, the use of CNG offers vital environmental advantages: it reduces emissions of carbon monoxide (CO) by 90%, of carbon dioxide (CO2) by 25%, of suspended particles by 100% and does not produce sulfur oxides (SOx), compared to magna gasoline. If compared with diesel, CO2 emissions can decrease by up to 35% and CO emissions by 95%, according to estimates by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat).

In addition, the use of natural as causes a positive environmental impact, since in Mexico City the vehicles that run on CNG can obtain “0” hologram, which exempts them from the ‘Hoy No Circula’ Program (driving restriction policy aimed to mitigate traffic congestion), thus complying with the norms established by the Secretary of the Environment of the City.

If we see it in economic terms, converting a 4-cylinder vehicle to CNG represents a savings of between 5,000 and 6,000 pesos per month for a high-consumption user, such as a taxi, not counting the improvement in vehicle performance. When comparing its price with gasoline and diesel, there is a difference of up to 50%.

ALTFUELS MEXICO 2020

All the advances within the NGV and alternative fuels industry that support the strengthening of sustainable mobility in the country will be addressed in AltFuels Mexico 2020, taking place at the World Trade Center of Mexico City.

AltFuels Mexico 2020 will consist of high-level conferences and exhibition led by national and international experts and companies who will share their experiences and knowledge with visitors and showcase the latest in clean energy technologies.

The event is organized by AltFuels Communications Group, a leading company in the fields of communication and events organization with extensive experience in the natural gas sector worldwide, which publishes the NGVjournal.com newsletter, various specialized digital magazines and specific events: from AltFuels Mexico 2017, 2018 and 2019 and AltFuels Iberia 2019, up to four biennial events of NGV Global, six of NGVA Europe, three of NGV Italy and several more in different Latin American countries.

AltFuels Communications Group was dedicated since its inception to the industry and the development of natural gas for transport and expanded, in recent years, to the entire alternative fuel market.

AMGNV

During the 2018 edition of AltFuels Mexico, the Mexican Association of NGV, CNG, LNG and Biogas (AMGNV) was officially launched. Consisting of more than 80 Mexican and foreign companies from the entire natural gas and vehicle manufacturing value chain, it provides support to AltFuels Mexico 2020.

The objective of the AMGNV is to bring entrepreneurs from this great booming ecosystem closer, provide them support through the promotion of public policies, and fair operating rules, while offering security to investors and benefits to end users, such as public and private carriers and the industry.

This entity expects an imminent and exponential growth of the sector in the coming years, due to global energy transition policies that will allow multimodal service at filling stations, the increase in the range of vehicles that run on alternative fuels, as well as the reserves of shale gas in Mexico.

The AMGNV also foresees that in the next 10 years natural gas will power 10% of the vehicle fleet. “Reviewing current consumption and with an NGV conversion program, during the next 10 years we can reach 10% of the current Mexican automobile fleet, today close to 45 million vehicles. In addition, with this, our country could replace the import of 230,000 barrels of gasoline and diesel per day,” said Andres Bayona, president of the AMGNV, during AltFuels Mexico 2019.

"Mexico has a high potential to promote the use of natural gas as a substitute for gasoline and diesel," Bayona added.

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