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Destination Gotland to increase biogas fuel blend

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Passenger shipping company Destination Gotland will increase its biogas fuel blend from 1% to 10% in its gas-powered ships.

Destination Gotland operates one of the most popular holiday routes in Sweden, with over 1.8 million passengers annually from mainland Sweden, in the ports of Nynäshamn and Oskarshamn, to the island of Gotland. By increasing its use of biogas, supplied by Gasum, the firm will reduce its carbon emissions by 9,000 tons per year.

The company invested in two gas-powered ships in 2019 and 2020. By switching from traditional maritime fuels to cleaner natural gas, emissions were cut by 20% immediately. The ships’ engines can run on both natural gas and biogas, or a blend.

“This is an incredibly important step for us and I am proud and happy that we are involved and contribute to the development of shipping towards reduced emissions,” said Christer Bruzelius, CEO of Destination Gotland.

“We are determined to switch to a climate-smart Gotland trip no later than 2045, preferably much earlier.”

As one of the biggest biogas producers in the Nordics, Gasum is driving biogas production to reach an industrial scale. The company will make 4 TWh of biogas available in the region by 2025 through its own production and partners.

Jacob Granqvist, maritime sales director at Gasum, commented: “The steps Destination Gotland is taking to reduce its carbon footprint are truly inspirational and we at Gasum are happy to enable the vast reductions in both CO2 and particulate emissions by providing both natural gas and biogas.

“We hope that Destination Gotland, by being the first passenger shipping company to continuously use a 10% blend of biogas in its natural gas fuel consumption, will inspire more shipping companies to follow suit.”

According to EU statistics, the maritime sector is responsible for 2.5% of the emitted global greenhouse gases. The use of LNG reduces CO2 emissions by at least 20% compared to traditional heavy fuel oil. Additionally, LNG removes other harmful emissions such as sulphur and particulate emissions and lowers nitrogen oxide emissions by up to 85%.

Liquefied biogas reduces carbon dioxide emissions by up to 90% compared with traditional fossil fuels.