White paper 4: Can natural gas reduce emissions from transport?

Emissions in the transport sector are an increasingly important issue in global energy systems. This includes both greenhouse gases (GHGs) and air pollutants (including oxides of nitrogen (NOx) oxides of sulphur (SOx) and particulate matter (PM).

However, the progress on reducing greenhouse emissions from transport has been relatively slow, with emissions from shipping proving to be particularly challenging. Local air pollutants from vehicles, such as nitrogen oxides, sulphur oxides and particulates, are also a growing concern for human health.

Natural gas has been suggested as an alternative transport fuel to help combat these emissions, particularly in shipping and goods transportation due to the range requirements in these vehicle types. However, there is some disagreement as to the potential for natural gas to provide significant improvements over emissions emerging from the current transport system.

White Paper 4 will investigate the emissions of greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants arising in both heavy goods vehicles and shipping. The report will assess the scope for natural gas to reduce these emissions from current levels.


The report will be published towards the end of 2018.

Please download the Scoping Note for the white paper.

If you are interested in finding out more about the new white paper, please contact the SGI White Paper lead, Dr Jamie Speirs.