Gas backed as sustainable alternative to fuel

Gas Energy Australia, the representative body of the country's gaseous fuels industry, is urging the next government to take up gas as a long-term solution to transportation fuel.

The assertion was made in light of the upcoming elections and the perennial issue of emissions and global warming, and will be of substantial interest to any fleet manager in Australia.

Mike Carmody, chief executive of Gas Energy Australia, is calling for a wider use of Liquefied Natural Gas (LPG) and Concentrated Natural Gas (CNG) as a transport fuel across the country.

He also highlighted the risks that diesel poses to both the environment and humans.

"Currently, Australia's long-haul fleets and mining companies rely on diesel which is a poor cousin to LNG and CNG for environment and health outcomes," he said in an August 14 media release.

"Importantly, last year the World Health Organisation concluded diesel exhaust is a carcinogen."

The media release went on to outline how both CNG and LNG were both viable options for almost all kinds of fleet.

CNG is said to be suitable for medium duty trucks and buses, while the latter is more appropriate for heavy vehicles in industries such as mining.

Modern developments also mean that CNG and LNG are increasingly become practical options for fleets. Storage tanks are becoming less bulky and easier to fit into a vehicle, while also increasing capacity.

The use of gas as an everyday fuel should definitely be something to consider if you are aiming to reduce your fleet's impact on the environment, in addition to investing in green cars and reducing fuel consumption.

Smartfleet's software for fleet management, which includes environmental rating reports, can help you track how your switch to gas is reducing your carbon footprint.