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Major Nordic logistics solutions provider switches to biogas

©SAMI HEISKANEN
©SAMI HEISKANEN
PostNord, the leading logistics solutions provider in Nordic countries, has introduced four biogas-fuelled delivery vehicles in Finland. The use of biogas in transport can drastically reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions over the lifecycle of the fuel by up to 85% compared with traditional fuels.

According to Nordic energy company Gasum, the Finnish transport sector has announced its goal to halve emissions originating in transport by 2030 from the level in 2005. The country is also pursuing entirely carbon-neutral transport by 2045.

Cutting GHG emissions is especially important for the transport and logistics sector as heavy-duty transport accounts for around one-third of EU GHG emissions in road transport. PostNord purchased for environmentally-friendly biogas-fuelled delivery vehicles in June 2019. Johanna Starck, CEO at PostNord Oy, said: “Concern for the environment is everyone’s responsibility and we want to be a sustainability leader in the Nordic countries.

“We have set ourselves the goal of cutting the entire PostNord Group’s carbon dioxide emissions by 40% by 2020 compared with the 2009 level.”

PostNord has reduced its environmental impact despite a huge increase in the number of parcels transported. The firm also requires its partners to commit to the same environmental targets. PostNord’s subcontractor, A2B, has been driving biogas-fuelled vehicles since 2011 and now has a fleet of 34 biogas-powered vehicles.

“We’re a fully ecological transport service provider and proud of our leading position,” said Tero Kakko, CEO of A2B. “We chose biogas in 2011 because it represented eco-friendliness and Finnishness, values that we consider important.

“Our deliveries are made using fully renewable fuel produced from Finnish biowaste. We’re supporting the circular economy and improving urban air quality at the same time.”

Gasum is building a network of gas filling stations in Finland and the other Nordic countries. It currently has 33 gas filling stations in Finland with seven also serving long-distance heavy-duty transport. Four similar filling stations can be found in Sweden. By the end of 2019, Gasum aims to expand the number of filling stations for heavy-duty vehicles to 20, eight of which will be in Finland and 12 in Sweden.

Jani Arala, senior sales manager at Gasum, said: “Demand for cleaner fuels is growing rapidly in the transport and logistics industry. We and our partners are focusing on developing the gas infrastructure and network of filling stations across the Nordic countries.

“Particularly for countries in this sector, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and liquefied biogas (LBG) are essential in the transition towards a carbon neutral future. At the same time, they also result in significant savings in fuel costs.”
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