LONDON, May 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- CNH Industrial N.V. (NYSE: CNHI / MI: CNHI), together with the Italian Biogas Consortium (CIB) hosted an expert discussion panel to spotlight important topics surrounding the use and further implementation of biogas for sustainable mobility. Increasingly seen as one of the most important and sustainable alternative fuels for the future, biogas can be produced from raw materials such as agricultural waste, manure, plant material and food waste. It is ideal for applications such as agriculture and can already be used to power on-road vehicles.
The discussion panel, aptly titled "The Biogas Done Right Model", was sponsored by the Italian Ministry of the Environment, Land and Sea. It saw the involvement of academic scholars; institutional associations such as the European Biogas Association; public officials and product experts from CNH Industrial brands. It took place in Milan for the occasion of the start of Expo 2015, the universal event to which CNH Industrial is a Global Partner.
Bruce E. Dale, a well-known authority on biofuels and Professor of Chemical Engineering at Michigan State University, was the event's Keynote Speaker. Professor Dale specialises in the studies of renewable energy sources. He is the Editor in Chief of the scientific review and journal Biofuels, Bioproducts & Biorefining and the author of numerous articles, papers and publications on the topic of bio-based fuels and chemicals. Among his accomplishments, Professor Dale is credited with the invention of Ammonia Fiber Expansion (AFEX). It is a pretreatment for corn stover (the leaves and stalks of maize plants that are left in a field after harvesting) that is used to produce biofuels. In his speech, he shared his insights on biofuels with the panel and illustrated the essentiality of biogas for the transport sector, and for the Earth's future at large.
Watch our interview with Professor Bruce E. Dale: https://youtu.be/ueLRvMxzeHI
"Biomethane represents a further step to more sustainable mobility that uses renewable sources to support it. CNH Industrial has long advocated for the use of biomethane as we believe in its potential benefits in both environmental and economic terms. Our brands already offer a range of vehicles which run on natural gas, that can already be fuelled using biomethane as a biofuel," said Michele Ziosi, Head of Institutional Relations for the EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) region at CNH Industrial, in his introduction at the workshop.
"Six years after the adoption of the European Directive 2009/28 / EC on renewable energy, the (Italian) Ministry of the Environment continues to consider biomethane as one of the most significant sources and one that is useful in order to achieve the environmental objectives of the European Union in the field of transport," commented Carlo Medaglia, Advisor to Italy's Ministry of the Environment, Land and Sea in his address to the audience.
The panel also heard from product experts from CNH Industrial brands who showcased how natural gas technologies are being pursued throughout the Company's various segments. Powertrain brand FPT Industrial demonstrated its approach to developing natural gas engines that provide high performance with low emissions. Commercial vehicles brand Iveco presented its full commercial vehicle product line-up (from light to medium and heavy duty) which can operate with natural gas engines. Agricultural machinery brand New Holland Agriculture shared its research into biogas technologies, where it is currently testing its T6.140 Methane Power tractor prototype. This prototype represents a key step towards the Energy Independent Farm concept that centres on the ability of farms to produce energy from natural sources, in this case biomass, that in turn will power the machines and the farm itself.
Following the event, CNH Industrial escorted guests to the Expo 2015 exhibition grounds where they visited New Holland Agriculture's Sustainable Farm Pavilion (http://bit.ly/1IJsO6N).
More on CNH Industrial and Expo Milano 2015 can be found at: cnhindustrial.com/en-US/expo_2015
CNH Industrial N.V. (NYSE: CNHI /MI: CNHI) is a global leader in the capital goods sector with established industrial experience, a wide range of products and a worldwide presence. Each of the individual brands belonging to the Company is a major international force in its specific industrial sector: Case IH, New Holland Agriculture and Steyr for tractors and agricultural machinery; Case and New Holland Construction for earth moving equipment; Iveco for commercial vehicles; Iveco Bus and Heuliez Bus for buses and coaches; Iveco Astra for quarry and construction vehicles; Magirus for firefighting vehicles; Iveco Defence Vehicles for defence and civil protection; and FPT Industrial for engines and transmissions. More information can be found on the corporate website: www.cnhindustrial.com
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