Smart Transport member CNG Fuels has opened a biomethane refuelling station in Newark, Nottinghamshire, which is the first to serve the north-east region.
The new station is capable of refuelling up to 500 vehicles per day, with the potental to cut between 100,000 and 120,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions each year, when the station is fully utilised.
CNG Fuels suggests that compared to diesel, renewable biomethane cuts CO2 emissions by 85-90% and is 45% cheaper.
CEO Philip Fjeld said: “Fleets around the country can already make the switch to cleaner and cheaper fuel by adopting biomethane, and our growing network of refuelling stations is making biomethane more accessible than ever before.
"Our new station in Newark will allow fleets in the region to support the local decarbonisation agenda and significantly cut both emissions and costs ahead of the UK’s net zero target.”
Yorkshire-based logistics company, Campeys of Selby, is one of the organisations within the region to benefit from the new biomethane refuelling station. The company is taking delivery of 11 CNG trucks as part of its move towards low carbon transport.
Transport manager Harry Campey said: “Switching from diesel to biomethane was a no-brainer for us – we’re dramatically reducing the environmental impact of our fleet and saving thousands of pounds in fuel costs in the process.
"CNG-Fuels’ station in Newark opens the door for even greater adoption in the region, as we continue to work towards hitting our local and national net zero targets.”
HGVs account for 4.2% of UK carbon emissions, making the sector a key area of focus for decarbonisation targets around the country.
The Government recently launched a consultation on a phase out date for new non-zero emission HGVs as part of its transport decarbonisation plan.
CNG suggests that demand for renewable biomethane is growing at a rate of 100% per annum and forecasts that this growth will continue to accelerate. The company expects almost 20% of the UK’s high-mileage HGV fleet will be running on Bio-CNG by 2025.
The Newark station is the latest in CNG Fuels’ strategic network of refuelling stations. The company already operates six stations across the UK and plans to open a further 12 to 14 stations by the end of 2022.
The network will support the sector as the number of trucks running on Bio-CNG increases five-fold within the next five years, CNG Fuels said.
Net zero emissions
The company is currently securing supplies of biomethane derived from manure to create a fuel that will be net zero emissions on a well-to-wheel basis.
Manure gives off methane, a greenhouse gas 28 times more powerful than carbon dioxide so 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) recognises biomethane from manure as a carbon negative fuel and the UK is expected to adopt the same rules in 2022.
CNG Fuels 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 stations can best accommodate electric and hydrogen technologies when they become commercially viable.