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Sustainability report 21|22

Sustainable gas-powered mobility

When it comes to transportation and mobility, the transition to a climate-neutral future will only be possible – be it directly or indirectly – if we harness gaseous energy sources. Because totally green mobility requires vehicles that run on hydrogen, biogas or electricity – and climate-neutral gaseous energy sources are the only way to ensure stable supplies of all these fuels. 

We are already working on solutions geared towards creating the energy future. Since 2017 the company has been employing ultra low temperature compression (ULTC) technology to manufacture low-emission liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel, which is marketed highly successfully at three filling stations: two in Upper Austria (Ennshafen/RAG and Ort im Innkreis) and one in Styria (Graz), in cooperation with filling station operator Leitner. 

LNG is ideal for long-haul routes, and hence for HGVs. Trucks powered by LNG (as well as bio-LNG or, in the future, hydrogen) can cover more than 1,500 kilometres with a 40-tonne load on one tank of fuel. They are more environ­mentally friendly than diesel vehicles, as their emissions are significantly lower.

Opting for liquefied biogas (LBG) means that truck operation is carbon-neutral, as the gas is renewable and is also locally produced in Austria. RAG has a long track record as a pioneer in the use of LNG technology in transportation.