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BlueCorridor Media Guide 2014

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8th Blue Corridor Rally Media Guide
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  Visit us online at bluecorridor.org  8 th BLUE CORRIDOR RALLY   7-31 October 2014 MEDIA GUIDE  From 7 to 31 October 2014, Blue Corridor supporters from Gazprom and E.ON will drive a caravan of natural gas vehicles (NGVs) from St. Petersburg, Russia around the Balc states with stops in Poland, the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Croaa, Serbia, Hungary, and Belarus to demonstrate the benets of using natural gas in transportaon. We hope you can join us along the 6,600 kilometre route for roundtable discussions with industry representaves, policy-makers, environmentalists and car enthusiasts to learn about the benets of natural gas in transportaon as an environmentally-friendly and safe alternave to petrol. These events will also provide the opportunity to check out NGVs on display and to tour an NGV factory. For updates from the road, head to Blue Corridor’s social media properes:   » Website: bluecorridor.org  » Twier: twier.com/BlueCorridor Read on for further details about the 2014 Blue Corridor NGV Rally, the benets of natural gas and how NGVs are changing the future of transportaon. We look forward to seeing you! 1 Welcome to the 8 th Blue Corridor Natural Gas Vehicle Rally! Media contact: bluecorridor@gpluseurope.com   Organised by Supported by  2 Gazprom and E.ON, supported by a number of other natural gas companies, vehicle manufacturers, and NGV associaons, will drive the 8th Blue Corridor Rally across Europe to showcase the benets of natural gas as a vehicle fuel. Round-table expert discussions will be held in Tartu, Riga, Vilnius, Poznan, Plzen, Nuremberg, Milan, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Belgrade, Novy Sad, Budapest, Minsk, and Moscow where representaves of the gas and car industries, policians, ecologists, and motor fans will be able to share their views on the various aspects of the developing NGV market in Europe. The events will put the spotlight on Europe’s move towards cleaner, safer, and more aordable mobility, focusing on the advantages of natural gas in on-land and sea transport including recommendaons for the future. Now on its 8th tour, the rally was developed to encourage the further expansion of the natural gas fuelling infrastructure needed to create natural gas highways – or “blue corridors” – across Europe. This infrastructure would empower drivers and eet owners to purchase NGVs by ensuring that they can drive them anywhere. Since the Blue Corridor Rally’s incepon, the use of natural gas in transportaon has grown signicantly. When the rst rally was held in 2008, there were 9.5 million NGVs around the world. This number has more than doubled to over 20 million in 2014, with roughly 8% (1.67 million) of those vehicles driving on European roads. Last year, the global NGV eet consumed well over 30bcm of gas.According to the European Automobile Manufacturer’s Associaon (ACEA), the number of manufactured cars in Europe has been decreasing for six years in a row. However, the number of manufactured CNG vehicles in Europe has connuously increased over the same period. According to the Internaonal Gas Union (IGU), 50 million NGVs could be on the road worldwide by 2020, by 2030 this could be up to 100 million NGVs. Yet, the need to further expand the market remains.Increasing the number of NGVs on the road in Europe could benet the region for several reasons:   » Natural Gas is Clean: Driving NGVs benets the environment because natural gas-powered engines emit 25% less CO2 compared to petrol. Therefore, increasing the number of NGVs in Europe would help reaching the EU’s target of 95 grams of CO2 per kilometre as the average level of emissions for the new car eet by 2020. » Natural Gas is Aordable: Natural gas is the cheapest fuel. It allows drivers to save at least 30% on fuel costs compared to diesel or petrol. In the current economic climate, this kind of savings could have a monumental impact. One can drive an Opel Zara Tourer NGV for 201 kilometres paying only €10 on natural gas. For this money a similar vehicle can travel 169 km on LPG, 148 km on diesel, and only 97 km on petrol.  » Natural Gas is Safe: Natural gas is proven to be the safest transportaon fuel worldwide. Compared to other transportaon fuels natural gas needs higher temperatures and concentraons to ignite. » Natural Gas is Abundant: According to the IGU, current natural gas reserves will last for at least another 250 years, whereas those of convenonal oil may last only 80 – 100 years. Both compressed natural gas (CNG) and liqueed natural gas (LNG) can be used in on-road and high horse-power vehicles, rail locomoves, and marine ships almost anywhere in the world.  The Blue Corridor Rally: Encouraging Natural Gas as a Transportation Fuel for Europe Photo Caption: Gazprom supports NGV development around the world.
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