Finnish biogas supplier Gasum announced that it, alongside Finnish dairy producer Valio, has launched ‘Finland’s first’ biogas-fuelled milk truck collection truck.
According to the release, the vehicle is part of Valio’s objective to make the milk production chain entirely carbon-neutral.
Gasum claims that from this month onwards, a total of 10% of all Valio Luomu milk will be collected using a biogas-powered Volvo LBG 460 vehicle. In addition to the organic milk, the truck will also collect basic milk from Valio producers.
“The new traction unit is Finland’s first gas-fueled heavy-duty vehicle intended for milk distribution,” said Mirva Tollet, Valio category manager.
“I’m happy and proud of the fact that those buying organic Valio Luomu products can now make an even more environmentally friendly choice when buying Valio Luomu milk.”
Valio will aim to make the operating hours of the truck as long as possible to maximise the emission reductions achieved.
“It’s great that Valio is using environmentally friendly biogas produced from biowaste as a fuel and that way reducing emissions from transport logistics,” said Gasum sales manager Juha-Matti Koskinen.
“Taking part in the production of renewable biogas is circular economy at its best as it helps to recover biowaste efficiently for further use. To be able to cut transport emissions, we need frontrunners like Valio.”
Gasum and Valio will also collaborate on producing biogas from Valio’s waste fractions, in order to implement a circular economy into the milk production chain.
“Our processes generate waste fractions that are unnecessary for us but suitable for the production of biogas. This means we supply raw material to Gasum and then use Gasum-produced LBG as a vehicle fuel,” said Valio’s development manager, Petteri Tahvanainen.
“We also have other biogas-fueled vehicles, such as a delivery vehicle and company cars used by our personnel. Reducing the carbon footprint of logistics is important for our aim to achieve carbon neutrality in our entire milk chain as the number of kilometers clocked up is huge when milk and dairy products are transported.”