The Nordic gas filling stations network is expanding as Gasum opens its 9[th] gas filling station in Sweden. The station is the first one in Umeå and serves both heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) and passenger cars. It is also an important part of Gasum’s plan to build a network of 50 gas filling stations for HDVs by the early 2020s in the Nordics. The growing network opens further opportunities to answer to the increased demand for low emission road transport.
The new gas filling station is in an area with heavy traffic where fuel consumption is high and the need for clean fuel solutions is rising rapidly. The inauguration of Umeå’s first gas filling station takes place on February 5. The station serves both HDVs and passenger cars: HDVs can fill up on liquefied biogas (LBG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG), while compressed natural gas (CNG) and biogas (CBG) are suitable for passenger cars, delivery vehicles, waste management vehicles and buses.
“As the gas station network expands, gas becomes available to more actors in the transport sector, which in turn increases the demand for gas. At the end of last year, we opened a new gas station in Östersund, which together with the Umeå station enables gas-fueled vehicles to be used across Sweden,” says Mikael Antonsson, Director of Traffic at Gasum Sweden.
LNG and LBG go hand in hand
The increasing amount of new stations is a key factor in reducing emissions, particularly in the long-haul road transport segment. Heavy-duty transport currently accounts for up to 30% of Europe’s CO2 emissions from road transport. According to the new emission standards passed by the EU in 2019, greenhouse gas emissions from heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) are to be reduced by 30% by 2030. The national target in Sweden is to reduce road transport emissions by 70% by 2030, as compared to 2010 levels.
“Using cleaner fuel solutions is an important factor in Sandahls’ environmental strategy work. The new gas filling stations are vital since they enable us to reduce our emissions and meet our customers’ needs of having low-emission logistic chains. I’m glad that we’re able to use LBG-fueled trucks in Umeå,” explains Johan Ebefors, CEO at Sandahls Goods and Parcel.
LNG offers a competitive fuel solution for reducing emissions immediately as its lifecycle CO2 emissions are more than 20% lower than those of fossil diesel. The Umeå station also provides liquefied biogas (LBG), which is produced according to the principles of circular economy from biowaste. Being the first gas filling station in the region, it creates a base for further biogas investments in the area as well as offering a cleaner fuel solution for local companies and the municipality. With LBG, CO2 emissions can be reduced by up to 85% compared to fossil diesel. LBG can be used in the same infrastructure as LNG, making the shift to LBG easy and cost efficient.
“Biogas is a high-performance renewable fuel. New stations accelerate the usage of biogas-fueled vehicles, which is why the new station is not only important for the Umeå region but for Sweden as well,” says Anna Säfvestad Albinsson, Project Leader at BioFuel Region AB, Umeå.