CNG Fuels opens world’s largest public access biomethane refuelling station

CNG Fuels has opened the world’s largest public access biomethane refuelling station in Avonmouth near Bristol, UK.

The site will meet the growing demand from major brands such as Amazon and Royal Mail to cut emissions from haulage and save money while supporting the decarbonisation of the UK’s road haulage sector, which is responsible for 18% of total UK road transport emissions.

Located in the heart of Avonmouth, near the M4/M5 junction just outside the city of Bristol, the site can refuel 80 HGVs per hour from 14 high-speed dispensers, making it the largest public access biomethane refuelling station in the world. When fully utilised, the station will cut 70,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions by taking diesel HGVs off the road.

The site forms part of CNG Fuels’s nationwide network of eight renewable biomethane refuelling stations, covering the length and breadth of the UK, enabling low-carbon deliveries from Inverness in Scotland down to Cornwall in South West England. The company plans to build a further 12 stations each year to cater to growing demand.

“Brands across the country are under more and more pressure to cut emissions from fleets and renewable biomethane is the only commercially viable solution on the market today,” said Philip Fjeld, CEO of CNG Fuels.

“We are continuing to see high increases in demand and with the recent news of the 2040 ban on new diesel HGVs, we expect the pace of demand to continue.”

Jason Wild, distribution and recycling consultant at supermarket chain Lidl, commented: “We are committed to reducing our environmental impact across our entire operations, and switching our fleets over to renewable biomethane instead of diesel is a crucial step.

“CNG Fuels’s new station in Avonmouth is a key location to allow us to make low-carbon deliveries across the South West.”

Demand for renewable biomethane has increased by 1,000% over the last five years as brands across the country urgently seek to cut haulage emissions. The demand is expected to increase five-fold over the next five years as the UK’s 2040 ban on the sale of new diesel HGVs approaches.

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