Shell Opens Its 1st LNG Truck Fueling Station in Hungary
Shell opened its first Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) station in Hungary last week at the Szigetszentmiklós resting station of the M0 orbital motorway, which connects a series of Trans-European corridors, the company tells the Budapest Business Journal.
The station supports the supply of LNG as truck fuel within Hungary but also freight traffic to countries like Austria, Czechia, Germany, Romania, Slovenia, and Slovakia.
Heavy-duty road transport is the most visible segment of the global supply chain – trucks move virtually everything modern society depends on for daily life. The sector accounts for 9% of global CO2 emissions. The demand for road-transported goods is expected to triple by 2050, and at the same time, the sector must fully decarbonize. Shell is empowering commercial road transport customers’ decarbonization journeys by providing reliable, and cleaner energy solutions. For heavy-duty trucks, LNG can help reduce the “well-to-wheel” greenhouse gas emissions by about a quarter, while the usage of bio-LNG cuts emissions to zero compared to conventional diesel today.
The new LNG station was jointly inaugurated by Péter Szijjártó, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade; Attila Steiner the State Secretary for Energy Policy; Zoltán Bóna, Member of the Hungarian Parliament; István Kapitány, global executive vice president, Shell Mobility; Andrea Istenes Solti, country chair, Shell Hungary; and András Bors, LNG development manager CEE, Shell.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto said the government attaches "strategic importance" to its partnership with Shell, from economic, energy supply, and environmental protection aspects. He noted that Shell is the first Western company with whom Hungary has signed a long-term gas supply contract, taking delivery of an annual 250 million cubic meters of gas from an LNG terminal on the Croatian coast.
Shell's global executive VP István Kapitány noted, “Decarbonization is one of the biggest challenges of the transport industry, and it is also one of Shell's key ambitions as part of our Powering Progress strategy. The development of LNG is one of the ways to achieve this goal as it is a proven and trustworthy technology that significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions when compared to traditional fuels. The new Hungarian station will be an important part of Shell’s European LNG station network, supporting the supply of LNG as truck fuel in Hungary, but also for freight traffic to countries like Austria, Czechia, Germany, Romania, Slovenia, and Slovakia."
Andrea Istenes Solti, country chair, Shell Hungary, added, “Sustainability is an integral part of our business strategy, Powering Progress. Running a sustainable business and finding ways to accelerate our journey towards net-zero emission business is very important for Shell’s operation in Hungary. Main initiatives and actions are therefore focused on finding paths to run in a responsible way our business, looking after the reduction of carbon footprints of our sites, and helping our customers to decarbonize their journey now and in the future. With the launch of Shell's first LNG station in Hungary, it is a significant day for our company, and we are thrilled to be taking another step towards a lower carbon future."
András Bors, LNG development manager CEE, Shell explained, “Shell puts customers first. It also means partnering with them and with others to help reduce carbon emissions on a bigger scale, particularly in sectors that are hard to decarbonize, like commercial road transport. LNG is now forming a bigger part of the sustainable transport fuel mix. Shell's goal is to run a network of LNG stations across Europe, along the continent's major international transport routes, to help its clients' decarbonization efforts.”
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