Biomethane for heavy goods vehicles commercially available in the UK

Biomethane for heavy goods vehicles commercially available in the UK

CNG Fuels announced the launch of renewable natural gas for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs), which offers fleet operators the opportunity to slash emissions. Waitrose, John Lewis, Argos and Brit European long-distance articulated trucks are already using the fuel, which is derived from food waste, independently verified as renewable and sustainable, and approved under the Department for Transport’s Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) scheme. Biomethane is distributed through gas pipelines to refueling stations owned and operated by CNG Fuels where it is compressed into fuel.

Philip Fjeld, CEO of CNG Fuels, said: “Renewable and sustainably sourced biomethane is the most cost-effective and lowest-carbon alternative to diesel for HGVs and is attracting increasing interest. We are expanding our refueling infrastructure nationwide to help fleet operators save money, cut carbon and clean up our air. We are proud to be the first company in the UK to offer its customers RTFO approved biomethane, and pleased to be able to do so at the same price as fossil fuel gas.”

Justin Laney, General Manager Central Transport, John Lewis Partnership, said: “We are committed to reducing our carbon emissions and playing our part in tackling climate change. Renewable biomethane gives us the opportunity to make our fleet cleaner and quieter and, with significant cost savings, there is a compelling business case to switch from diesel.”

CNG Fuels, which operates the UK’s two highest capacity CNG stations, in Leyland, Lancashire, and Crewe, Cheshire, is targeting operators of high-mileage HGVs, who stand to make the biggest financial savings and carbon impact. Its customers’ vehicles typically travel 125,000 miles a year. Natural gas trucks cost more than diesel, but for HGVs doing this mileage fuel savings can repay the extra cost within two – three years.

CNG Fuels is developing a nationwide network of refueling stations on major trucking routes fed by the high-pressure gas grid, compressing natural gas into fuel at point of delivery. Low processing, transportation and electricity costs make CNG a low-cost, clean solution. The company is also developing ‘daughter’ stations in customer depots within 100 miles of its ‘mother’ stations and will deliver gas by trailer at similar cost. CNG Fuels has sourced enough biomethane to cover its entire CNG fuel supply.

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