The main challenges in sustainable mobility for local entities

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  • Clean fuels, fleet recycling and stimulation of the transport, among the challenges in sustainable mobility for local entities.
  • These challenges determine the lines of action that local administrations must take into account to achieve the decarbonisation of urban transport and get cities a fit place to live in.
  • Qualified experts from BeGas, the manufacturers of ecological engines for heavy vehicles, develop alternatives so that both municipalities and companies can adapt to the aim of the year 2050, established by the EU, always in an efficient way and at an affordable

This sustainable mobility challenge must be met even in small municipalities. And it is that the objective that the European Union has set for the year 2050, in which all kinds of corporations have to collaborate, is to achieve climate neutrality at a global level. This will be the evolution towards a carbon neutral economic model based on reducing the dependence on fossil fuels, especially in the transport sector.

Undoubtedly, it will be a change that must be made gradually, replacing polluting energies with renewable ones. It should not be forgotten that, as established by the United Nations, cities are currently the main cause of the carbon emissions, representing 75% of the total percentage on a global scale. Data like this highlight the need to adopt new solutions in vehicle fleets, whether for urban passenger transport or goods delivery.

However, this is not the only challenge that the local entities face when it comes to decarbonizing transport and promoting sustainable mobility without making a large financial outlay. The experts from BeGas, a pioneering company in manufacturing 100% autogas or biopropane engines, wishing to join the word`s progress, have established the main challenges that local corporations will have to face in the next years:

Revitalise the logistic in the urban mobility sector

Introducing these new solutions at the urban planning and logistics level in city centers, taking into account the total cost that it implies, is one of the keys. This should consider not only the renewal of vehicles in the urban transport system, but also the infrastructures that are necessary for their maintenance and running. One of the principal issues is to get the infrastructure to recharge electric vehicles, because all this implies a national implementation of chargers, which is difficult to achieve in the short and medium term. This is why vehicles powered by clean fuels such as autogas or biopropane are most proficient. The reason is found in the services offered by companies such as BeGas, which, due to the installation of their engines, facilitate the supply points in the own facilities of the local administration or private companies. In this way, the recharging action is streamlined, making it more comfortable and economical than others. At the same time, the task of managing the fleet is easier, since they offer greater autonomy, recharge times are reduced compared to other methods and the vehicle can be operational for longer.

Innovation, key to new needs

All the activities carried out in this operation will help to build better cities to live in. For this reason, the world needs new projects which are able to benefit environmental and social needs. In the transport sector, one of the trends that the pandemic has accentuated is the growing demand for home pack deliveries. For this reason, last-mile logistics, focused on the management of parcel transport in the last journey that makes delivery to the final consumer effective, is a booming sector. It is certified by companies such as BeGas, where they are already working on the development of an engine, with a smaller displacement than its first propellant, to be incorporated into lighter commercial vehicles. These new models will improve the distribution of goods in cities, with less polluting and quieter vehicles.

Bet on a fleet renewal that encourages the circular economy

By 2025 Spain plans to reach 10% of clean trucks and 45% of the buses. These percentages imply that, in a short period of time, many local administrations will have to choose to renew their urban transport fleets. In this transition, we must bet on proposals that, in addition to reducing polluting emissions, take into account essential factors such as the circular economy and recyclability of goods throughout the production chain. Otherwise, the problem will not be approached with a transversal vision. In this sense, the installation of engines powered by renewable fuels such as biopropane in used vehicles, may be a good option to close the cycle. Among the companies that provide solutions to this challenge is BeGas, thanks to its service to replace diesel engines in trucks and city buses with propellants that work 100% with autogas or biopropane.

Adaptation to the new European and national guidelines

The Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan,together with the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge, will receive the largest injections of European in the Next Generation EU funds. Within these lines of action, they plan to promote the implementation of the infrastructure for recharging clean fuels such as biopropane. The mention of this fuel in future government plans reaffirms its important role in advancing towards the goal of decarbonizing the transport, both in cities and in rural areas. To improve the air quality and the environment in general, are determining factors to encourage its application in the next steps of mobility institutions.

28 June 2021