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The Nordic gas filling station network continues its rapid growth as energy company Gasum opens a new station in Mariestad, Sweden. This is Gasum’s seventh liquefied gas filling station for heavy-duty vehicles in Sweden, and the first Gasum filling station in Västra Götaland. This filling stations is a part of Gasum’s expanding network planning to have a network of 50 filling stations for heavy-duty vehicles by the early 2020s in the Nordics as the demand for cleaner fuel solutions continues to grow.
The new gas filling station in Mariestad, Sweden will go into service on December 13. The new station will be part of the gas filling station network which offers LNG and LBG to logistics companies in Sweden. This network plays a vital role in the transition to a cleaner future as it offers low-emission fuel to heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs). New stations are set up in central traffic hubs, making the transition to cleaner fuel solutions easy for logistics companies. Gasum’s current filling station network stretches from Östersund to Kristianstad and will continue to grow.
“The filling station in Mariestad is geographically important to our transports. Our customers see great value in using LNG as a fuel, since it reduces emissions significantly. Right now, we drive with a mix of 50% biogas and 50% natural gas provided by Gasum,” says Tommy Breman, VD of Tommy Bremans Åkeri AB. “We currently have one gas truck, and another one is on its way, with the help of subsidies from the climate investment program Klimatklivet.”
Swedish logistics companies invest in a greener future
Reducing CO2 emissions, especially in heavy-duty road transport, is becoming increasingly important as the fight against climate change intensifies. Heavy-duty road transport represents around 30% of CO2 emissions in the European Union’s road transport sector. LNG and LBG play an important role in decreasing this percentage. The national target in Sweden is to reduce road transport emissions by 70% by 2030, as compared to 2010 levels.
In early 2019, the EU presented new emission performance standards which require the CO2 emissions of new HDVs to be reduced by 15% by 2025, and by 30% by 2030. While new emission targets are set, the demand for cost-effective, low-emission fuel options like LNG and LBG increase. With the use of LNG, for example, greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced by approximately 20% compared to traditional fuels, and with LBG by 85%.
“The need to cut emissions fast is more real than ever, and no one is excluded from the fight to mitigate the effects of climate change. By investing into the development of the Nordic gas filling station network, we at Gasum are trying to bring cleaner fuel solutions to logistics companies. Each new station is a step towards our goal and I’m happy to see that more environmentally friendly choices are quickly becoming the standard, not the exception,” says Mikael Antonsson, Director Traffic Gasum, Sweden.
Alternative fuel solutions, such as LNG and LBG, help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and particulate emissions, which has a positive impact on local air quality. In Lidköping, close to the new filling station in Mariestad, Gasum is producing biogas that is later liquefied into LBG. The locally produced LBG can used at the new filling station. The growing demand for LNG and LBG is further accelerating the expansion of the Nordic gas filling network, which acts as a bridge to a carbon-neutral society. The number of Gasum’s gas filling stations in Sweden is expected to increase to 12 early 2020.
Mikael Antonsson, Director Traffic Sweden, Gasum
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