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Six Swedish logistics firms praise liquefied biogas following trial

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Six Swedish logistics companies that tested the use of liquefied biogas (LBG) as fuel revealed their expectations were exceeded.

The six firms, part of MaserFrakt, a major transport company in Sweden, said the LBG trial significantly lowered emissions and provided a better operating environment.

According to MaserFrakt, the companies were happy with the climate impact of LBG and the drivers appreciated the quiet engines of the LBG-fuelled trucks.

Frida Jahncke, fuel manager at MaserFrakt, said: “According to the drivers, there was little difference between driving a diesel truck and an LBG truck, which is very positive. The quieter engine sound is great as well because it means a better working environment for our drivers.”

The firms involved in the trial noted that as LBG is a cost-effective fuel, its impact on overall costs can easily be enhanced by a sensible way of driving and drivers’ commitment to the change.

One of MaserFrakt’s drivers was able to lower his average fuel consumption from 2.7kg per 10km to 2.59kg. With a gas price of SEK 13.54/kg (€1.34/kg), this is equivalent to SEK 35.07 (€3.47) per 10km.

Over the fuel’s lifecycle, renewable LBG can help to cut greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90% compared to fossil fuel. The potential of LBG and LNG in decreasing road transportation emissions has been noted by multiple logistics companies in the Nordics. Currently, more than 1,000 gas-fuelled trucks have been approved for subsidies under the Klimatklivet and Drive LBG climate investment programmes in Sweden.

“We need to work together to reduce the climate impact of road transport and reach the ambitious goals set by the EU and the Swedish Government,” said Mikael Antonsson, director of Traffic, Gasum Sweden.

“We’re glad that companies such as MaserFrakt are looking into low-emission fuel solutions and testing them so thoroughly.”