The GasHighWay European Project has been running since 2009 with the aim of promoting the uptake of gaseous vehicle fuels and compressed natural gas (CNG), as well as the production and upgrading of biogas for vehicle fuel. The objective of the project was to promote the realisation of a network of filling stations for biomethane and natural gas reaching from Finland and Sweden, to the south, Italy, in other words: the GasHighWay.

After 3 years of productive work, we will be pleased to show the main achievements of the projects like the map of filling stations, the reports on the existing infrastructure and the catalogue of best incentives for natural gas vehicles.

Welcome to learn about real NGV success stories from across Europe!

Date: Thursday 1.3.2012

Venue: DIAMANT Conference & Business Centre, Bd. A Reyerslaan 80, 1030 Brussels,

Please, register for the seminar by Wednesday 22.2.2012. The registry is necessary, since the organiser NGVA Europe has to know the number of participants, in order to book the conference facility and also the catering which will be served.

The registration is closed.

Preliminary agenda:

09.00 Registration and coffee

09.30 – 12.15 Morning session

  • Opening remarks
    Tytti Laitinen, Jyväskylä Innovation Oy, GasHighWay project coordinator
  • Keynote speech: Breaking oil dependence. Zero and low carbon fuels in the future energy transport mix. The potential role of NG/biomethane
    MEP (tbc)
  • The main bottleneck: Infrastructure for Alternative Fuels. Second report of the European Expert Group on Future Transport Fuels
    Franz-Xaver Soeldner, Deputy Head of Unit, Clean Transport and Sustainable Urban Mobility, Chairman of the EGFTF, DG MOVE
  • Overcoming market failure: A joint declaration of intent for accelerated market development of CNG and biomethane in Germany
    Dirk Peters, Project Director for Alternative Fuels and Powertrains, German Energy Agency (dena)
  • On the way to GasHighWay: Boundless travelling on CNG from Northern to Southern Europe: fiction or reality? Lessons learnt from the GHW project – main findings and policy recommendations
    Fabio Sagnelli, Environment Park S.p.A.
    Mattias Svensson, Swedish Gas Center, Project Partner
  • The production and upgrading of biogas as vehicle fuel - Recent uptake of biomethane production, distribution and market expansion
    Jani Arala, Product Manager, Biogas, Gasum Ltd
  • Presentation of the map of existing CNG filling stations – Europe´s first
    international access guide to Methane in transport.
    Joanna Cendrzak, Agencja Rozwoju Regionalnego Bielsko-Biała
  • Questions and answers

12.15 – 13.15 Lunch break and networking

13.15 - 16.45 Afternoon Session

  • Keynote speech:The potential role of natural gas and biomethane in the future fuel mix.The White Paper on transport objectives and Infrastructure build-up for Alternative Fuels: a common challenge for industry and policy makers
    Laure Chapius, Member of Commissioner Kallas' cabinet, Vice President in charge of Transport
  • Is the Commission giving the right answers to the future transport challenge? Recommendations of the European Economic and Social Committee
    Pierre-Jean Coulon, Member of the EESC, Rapporteur on the White Paper on Transport
  • Natural Gas: the underestimated energy source for a sustainable transport system
    Samuele Furfari, Adviser to the Deputy Director General, DG ENER, European Commission
  • LNG – the Fuel of the Future for Heavy Duty Trucks. The North American example and the European perspective
    Lance Follett, Vice President, European Market & Partnership Development, Westport Innovations Inc.
  • Presentation of the LNG Blue Corridor project – Demonstration of Liquefied Methane in heavy duty trucks on longer distances
    Manuel Lage, General Manager NGVA Europe

15.00 - 15.15 Short break

15.15- 16.15 OEM panel: Climate Change through innovative technologies. Current and future CNG and LNG vehicle solutions.
Michele Ziosi, Fiat
Lennart Pilskog, Volvo
Robert Staimer, MAN

16.15 - 16.45 Interactive Panel Discussion with Industry Representatives and Policy Makers

16.45- 17.00 Future dissemination of the GasHighWay Project: NGV Bologna 2012
Claudio Kohan, Director NGV Communications Group

17.00 – 17.15 Closure of the seminar

Language: English

Hotels: Hotel Sylken Berlaymont, Brussels. Special price for the Seminar participants until 6th February 2012

Conference fees:

  • Free for NGVA Europe members
  • 75€ rest of participants

Further information, please, contact.

• Ms. Pilar Pérez by phone +34 91 325 2836 or
• Ms. Tytti Laitinen by +358 40 5000 489 or

The GasHighWay route to 2050 – The alternative way for sustainable mobility today –seminar is organised by the GasHighWay project and NGVA Europe.

Thank you and see you in Brussels!

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