Grocery retailer ICA Sweden to increase biogas use

In the last two years, grocery retailer ICA Sweden has greatly increased its use of biogas, going from zero to over 2,500 tonnes in 2020.

In 2021, ICA Sweden will increase its biogas use to approximately 3,200 tonnes, reducing CO2 emissions by 10,000 tonnes compared to if the vehicles were run on diesel.

ICA is one of the biggest owners and operators of biogas-fuelled trucks in Sweden today. The reduction of CO2 emissions by 10,000 tonnes per year corresponds to a reduction of its total emissions by 10%.

“The work of increasing the proportion of fossil-free transport is a high priority for us at ICA Sweden,” said Emma Lindstrøm, logistics director at ICA Sweden.

“Driving more transport on biogas is an important piece of the puzzle in that work and is in line with our fuel strategy where all road transport within ICA Gruppen must be fossil-free by 2030. Currently, every tenth transport between ICA’s warehouses and ICA stores run on biogas.”

ICA Gruppen’s goal is for all the group’s companies to have completely fossil-free road transport by 2030 and in metropolitan regions by 2025. To achieve this, the company will invest in new technology and explore how initiatives to increase the national production of renewable fuels can be supported.

“We see great sustainability benefits with biogas, among other things, because it can be produced from organic residues that arise at the producer level, in logistics flows, in stores, and with consumers and then used as a substitute for fossil fuels,” commented Lindstrom.

“Biogas is the fuel on the market that currently has the lowest environmental impact combined with cost efficiency for the majority of our heavy transports and will be important to us for many years to come. In parallel with this, we will invest heavily in electrification in various ways.”

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