CNG Fuels opens new UK biomethane refuelling station for HGVs

CNG Fuels has opened a new low-carbon heavy-goods vehicle (HGV) refuelling station in Nottinghamshire, UK, allowing vehicles to run on 100% biomethane.

The announcement comes as the UK Government sets out plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel HGVs from 2040 under its transport decarbonisation plan.

CNG fuels already operates six stations across the UK and plans to open an additional 12-14 stations by the end of 2022.

The new station in Newark is the first to serve the North East region and is capable of refuelling up to 500 vehicles per day, making it one of the biggest stations in the UK, and cutting between 100,000 and 120,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions annually, when the station is fully utilised.

Most of the UK is already within a 300-mile round-trip of a CNG Fuels renewable biomethane refuelling station and the new site will put the cities of Lincoln and Sheffield within its range, serving local and passing fleets on the A1 north and south.

“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,” said Philip Fjeld, CEO of CNG Fuels.

“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 many organisations in the region set to benefit from the new station. The company is taking delivery of 11 CNG trucks as part of its move towards low-carbon transport.

Harry Campey, transport manager of Campeys of Selby, commented: “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 the UK’s carbon emissions, making the sector a key area of focus for decarbonisation targets. As a result, renewable biomethane demand is growing at a rate of 100% per annum, with CNG Fuels forecasting that this growth will continue to accelerate. The firm expects almost 20% of the UK’s high-mileage HGV fleet will be running on bio-CNG by 2025.

Manure-derived biomethane

CNG Fuels is currently securing supplies of manure-derived biomethane 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 2022 at the same price as the renewable biomethane it currently supplies.

Manure emits methane, a greenhouse gas that is 28 times more potent than CO2. Using methane as a fuel in HGVs prevents it from entering 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 next year.

CNG Fuels’ refuelling stations network is also ‘ideally placed’ to support battery electric and low-carbon hydrogen-powered HGVs in the future, the company said. It is consulting on how its stations can best accommodate these technologies when they become commercially viable.

The Committee on Climate Change expects battery-electric or hydrogen-powered HGVs to play a major role in decarbonising freight transport from 2030 onwards.

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