Looking Into Fuel’s Crystal Ball

This week’s Convenience Matters podcast offers a few predictions about the future of fueling.

July 11, 2018

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – On this week’s episode of Convenience Matters, “Fueling Change,” NACS hosts Donovan Woods, director of operations for the Fuels Institute, and Britt Brewer, marketing manager, discuss what the future of fueling could look like with Tammy Klein, principal consultant for Future Fuel Strategies.

The global fuels market continues to be influenced by the implementation of the Paris Agreement, which addresses greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance, beginning in 2010. “The de-carbonization of transport is really driving legislation and regulation in a lot of countries … because many countries have commissions to comply for their targets,” Klein says. She added that “in the next couple of years, the rubber will hit the road” as we see if these countries actually will be able to meet these goals.

Klein also sees that there will be a “continuous need to do something about transport-related air pollution in developing countries. This isn’t a China or India issue—this still impacts a number of cities in the United States [and also] a number of cities in Europe.” She thinks that issues such as car bans will continue to be discussed around the world.

As to what the next 10 years will bring, Klein predicts there will be more electric vehicles in particular, including battery electric and fuel-cell vehicles. “But I don’t see the end of the internal combustion engine, as we’ll see continual improvements in the vehicles and the fuels … [with an] emphasis on carbon and sustainability.”

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