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Six Finnish cities using biogas vehicles to transport sludge, biowaste

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From the start of October, six cities in Finland will use vehicles fuelled by biogas to transport wastewater sewage sludge and biowaste.

The six cities in the outer zone of the Uusimaa region – Hanko, Hyvinkää, Lohja, Loviisa, Porvoo and Raasepori – will transport the sludge and waste collected by waste management company Rosk’n Roll Oy Ab to the Gasum biogas plant network, where it will be used as raw material.

In total, around 30,000 tonnes of sewage sludge and biowaste will be used annually to help achieve an annual CO2 emission reduction of up to 7,000 tonnes, equivalent to the emissions of 3,000 cars.

Fuelled by Gasum’s renewable liquefied biogas (LBG), the trucks will help the cities to achieve their climate goals and reduce their carbon footprint. The switch to biogas will cut vehicle CO2 emissions by up to 226 tonnes every year – equivalent to the emissions of 100 cars.

“Our cooperation with Gasum is part of our strategy to advance our climate programme and act as frontrunners in climate action,” said Jukka-Pekka Ujula, mayor of the City of Porvoo.

“At the same time, we’re promoting the circular economy as we’re able to fuel our deliveries with renewable biogas produced from biowaste and sewage sludge collected from the Uusimaa region.”

Anniina Hiltunen, sales manager of biowaste at Gasum, commented: “100% renewable biogas is an alternative for reducing CO2 emissions. Biogas use cuts the fuel’s lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90% and generates only a fraction of local emissions compared with conventional fuels, which improves urban and regional air quality.”

Gasum’s expanding gas filling station network opens up opportunities for companies to switch to gas in their logistics. The company currently has around 100 gas filling stations in the Nordic countries, with around 30 of these serving heavy-duty vehicles. It recycles an annual total of approximately 500,000 tonnes of biomass into biogas for land and maritime transport.

“It’s great that more and more actors want to switch to using environmentally-friendly gas-fuelled vehicles,” said Juha-Matti Koskinen, sales manager of heavy-duty transport at Gasum.

“Using gas as a fuel reduces transport emissions while at the same time providing enterprises with a competitive advantage. Demand for sustainable supply chains is growing and responding to related customer needs promotes both business and sustainability targets.”

If you wish to learn more about what Gasum is doing in the biogas sector, Johan Gron, head of the company's biogas business unit, will be speaking at this year’s International Biogas Congress & Expo in Brussels on 15-16 March 2022. For more information go to: bioenergy-news.com/conference.