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Market Development of Gas driven Cars including supply and distribution of natural gas and biogas (MADEGASCAR)

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MADEGASCAR sets out to increase the use of gas-driven vehicles, powered by both natural gas and biogas, by addressing both consumers and providers. Before being prepared to change their vehicles consumers must be convinced of the advantages of gas-powered cars. This project will promote the benefits of such cars to fleet owners, car dealers, local authorities and fuel station owners using training seminars and promotional campaigns. The project will also look at increasing the supply of biogas and integrating it into gas networks. It will undertake a series of activities designed to strengthen the supply and distribution infrastructure for biogas and natural gas. These include plans for expanding fuel stations and feasibility studies for biogas plants.

Results

  • Documentation and analysis of the gas market in 13 regions in Europe has led to increased knowledge of the market situation for the partners
  • Promotion of gas driven vehicles – including seminars for fleet managers, training program for car purchasers and car dealers, promotional campaigns at suitable events and feasibility studies for car fleets.
  • Promotion of gas driven vehicles – including seminars for fleet managers, training program for car purchasers and car dealers, promotional campaigns at suitable events and feasibility studies for car fleets.
  • Market strategies for the promotion of gas as car fuel in 12 regions of Europe.
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Lessons learned

  • A successful market development needs top-down initiatives like European and national targets, regulations and market stimulation (e.g. subsidies and tax reduction for the fuel) but also initiatives on the regional and local level to raise interest and knowledge among market actors, politicians and the public; in this way creating a demand.
  • Financial incentives are critical, especially in the first face of the market development, to get actors commit themselves to purchase NGV’s as well as constructing filling stations or upgrading biogas to bio methane. - In some countries the key factor for further market development of NGV’s seems to be biomethane with its exceptional environmental advantages and the advantages of allowing self-sufficiency.
  • Reference projects to learn from are essential for actual implementation of projects such as purchase of NGV’s and construction of upgrading plants. Ideally they are to be found within the own region. In the regions were this has not been the case due to a low development of the market, the experiences and best cases from the more developed regions have played an important role. Last updated: 17.06.2010
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Partners and coordinator

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Contact

Kommunförbundet Skane (Skane Association of Local Authorities)
Sweden
Contact point: 
Name: 
Jon Andersson
Tel: 
0046 7097199453

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In brief

Duration:
01/09/2007 to 28/02/2010
Contract number: 
EISAS/EIE/07/180/2007

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