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Demand for renewable biofuel set to double in 2020, says CNG Fuels

CNG Fuels Warrington

CNG Fuels, the UK biofuel network provider, said it is expecting demand for renewable biomethane to double in 2020 as it opens two new refuelling stations.

The company has seen demand increase by 800% since its launch in 2017 and the two new stations in Warrington and Northampton will serve over 1,000 HGVs a day.

The new sites more than double the 600-a-day capacity of CNG Fuels’ existing stations at Leyland, Lancashire and Crewe, Cheshire.

CNG Fuels is also planning to open an additional six to eight stations over the next 12 months as it expands its strategic network of HGV refuelling stations in line with burgeoning demand.

The business says it has helped haulers cut 55,000 tonnes of CO2 since it began supplying renewable and sustainable Bio-CNG in 2017.

That’s expected to rise to 90,000 tonnes by the end of 2020 as demand increases by more than double, thanks to John Lewis Partnership, Parcel company Hermes, and Home Bargains committing to switch away from diesel.

All of the fuel supplied by CNG Fuels is renewable and sustainable biomethane approved under the Department for Transport’s Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) scheme. 

The gas is currently sourced from waste feedstocks, such as food waste and can cut vehicle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by up to 85% and is 35%-40% cheaper than diesel.

The company is now securing supplies of biomethane from manure to create a fuel that will be net zero emissions on a well-to-wheel basis. It expects to begin offering carbon neutral biomethane across all sites from next year at the same price as the renewable biomethane fuel it currently supplies.

CNG Fuels is also consulting on how its network of refuelling stations can best accommodate low-carbon hydrogen and battery electric technologies for HGVs, so that it can support customers when these become commercially viable.

Philip Fjeld, CEO of CNG Fuels, said: “We’re at a tipping point. Fleet operators are waking up to the urgency and scale of decarbonisation necessary for net-zero emissions by 2050 and we’re seeing demand for our fuel increase rapidly as a result. Our customers ordered hundreds of new biomethane fuelled trucks in 2019 and that trend is only set to accelerate over the next decade."

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