AL AIN, U.A.E. 29 December 2022: Al Ain Zoo has announced the successful
conversion of 10% of its vehicles to become NGV (Natural Gas Vehicles) in 2022,
as part of the first phase of its plan to convert 25% of vehicles to Compressed
Natural Gas as fuel.
Mohammed Sarhan Alhmoudi Acting Director Environment Health and Safety at Al
Ain Zoo, said: “This step will reduce the operating cost in terms of vehicle fuel by
over 50% compared to gasoline fuel according to the current fuel prices, which is
consistent with the Zoo’s objectives in terms of protecting the environment and
preserving wildlife in various forms and supporting sustainable transport
initiatives and standards.”
He added: “Our transition to natural gas is in line with the UAE’s strategic
objectives to achieve fuel efficiency standards in accordance with the National
Climate Change Plan (2017-2050), the Abu Dhabi Government’s objectives to
convert 25% of government vehicles to operate on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)
by 2030, as well as the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and the UAE
Al Ain Zoo owns 99 vehicles within its transport fleet for the use of employees and
internal operations. Ten of these vehicles have been converted to natural gas
successfully and get their CNG refill through four stations in Al Ain, Zakher,
Industrial Area and Al Markhaniyyah, in cooperation with Emirates Transport
through the approved centres in Al Ain.
Natural gas is currently the cheapest and most environmentally efficient fuel.
Environmentally, it reduces greenhouse gas emissions by producing less than 20%
-30% carbon dioxide, less than 50% -80% carbon monoxide, less than 25% -60%
nitrogen oxide, and less than 50% -75% non-methane hydrocarbons compared to
diesel-based and petrol vehicle emissions.