Construction of Scottish biomethane refuelling station underway

CNG Fuels has started building Scotland’s first public access renewable biomethane refuelling station for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs).

The new station, near Glasgow, will allow fleet operators to run their vehicles on low-carbon fuel, support net-zero plans, and save money. It will refuel up to 450 lorries per day when it opens in November, enabling HGVs to make low-carbon deliveries across Scotland.

Most of England and Wales is already within a 300-mile round trip of a biomethane refuelling station, according to CNG Fuels, and the new facility will put Inverness and Aberdeen within this range.

“Fleet owners keen to cut carbon and save money are switching to biomethane in droves,” said Philip Fjeld, CEO of CNG Fuels, “and our first station in Scotland will play a vital part in our network, allowing gas trucks to make deliveries throughout the UK.

“Biomethane can play a key role in helping the country meet its net-zero targets and it is fitting that the station will open just as Glasgow hosts the UN Climate Summit.”

Warburtons, a major UK bakery brand, is the latest major name to announce it is adopting biomethane, following companies such as Asda, Hermes, John Lewis, and Waitrose. HGVs account for 4.5% of the UK’s total greenhouse gases (GHGs) and 4.8% in Scotland, so decarbonising the sector is essential to meeting the nation’s net-zero targets.

Steven Gray, Warburtons’s national transport manager, said: “After extensive alternative fuel vehicle trials, Warburtons has chosen CNG technology, and specifically biomethane fuel, as its preferred strategy to decarbonise its primary HGV fleet.

“CNG Fuels’s progressive Bio-CNG station roll-out plans across the UK will allow us to begin our decarbonisation strategy and the Eurocentral refuelling facility is a key location for our fleet.”

Renewable biomethane is 35-40% cheaper and cuts vehicle GHG emissions by up to 85%. Bio-CNG is currently sourced from wood waste but CNG Fuels is securing supplies of gas derived from manure. From 2022, CNG Fuels will dispense fully carbon-neutral fuel by sourcing manure-derived biomethane.

CNG Fuels has enabled fleet operators to cut emissions by more than 100,000 tonnes since it began dispensing bio-CNG fuel in September 2016. Demand from customers is ‘soaring’, according to the firm, and it expects to sell 90% more biomethane this month than in March 2020.

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