UK’s first net zero emissions biofuel for heavy trucks will arrive in 2021
CNG Fuels announced plans to become the UK’s first supplier of carbon neutral fuel for HGVs, using manure to help fleet operators achieve Net Zero emissions. The company is also consulting on how its network of refueling stations can best accommodate low-carbon hydrogen and battery electric technologies for HGVs, so that it can support customers when these become commercially viable.
“We want to help decarbonize freight transport and enable fleet operators to meet Net Zero targets now, supporting the UK’s climate targets. Renewable biomethane sourced from manure is currently the best low-carbon solution for HGVs, but we want to be ready to support our customers when other technologies are commercially viable for freight transport,” said Philip Fjeld, CEO of CNG Fuels.
Andy Eastlake, Managing Director of the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) also commented: “With all the focus on electrification, the low carbon combustion fuels might be overlooked. But it is vital to remember that Net Zero can be delivered in a number of ways. We welcome genuinely zero (or even negative) carbon solutions which exist here and now, and we must accelerate the uptake of these fuel solutions, particularly in the more challenging operations such as heavy road vehicles where they can best displace fossil diesel.”
Manure gives off methane, a greenhouse gas 28 times more powerful than carbon dioxide. Using methane as an HGV fuel prevents it from going into the atmosphere and reduces overall emissions. The EU’s revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) recognizes biomethane from manure as a carbon negative fuel, and the UK is expected to adopt it in 2021 regardless of Brexit.