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Heinon Tukku, a nationwide-full service wholesaler, has deployed a biogas-fueled truck since the beginning of the year. Low-emission, renewable biogas is made from biodegradable waste and sewage sludge feedstock, for example. Last year for the first time, the European Commission proposed binding CO2 emissions targets for heavy-duty vehicles. According to energy company Gasum, increasing use of biogas-fueled delivery vehicles would lead to significant carbon emission reductions.
Foodservice wholesaler Heinon Tukku, a 120-year-old Finnish family firm operating nationwide, has added a biogas-fueled light-duty truck to its delivery fleet. Heinon Tukku’s customers include many hotels, restaurants, cafés and professional kitchens across Finland. One Heino Tukku delivery vehicle clocks up around 50,000 kilometers a year delivering daily consumer goods in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. By switching to biogas, the delivery vehicle can reduce emissions by around 35 tonnes compared to using diesel.
“Logistics are an integral and necessary part of wholesale operations and we want to contribute to cleaner traffic. A truck powered by eco-friendly, Finnish biogas seemed to us a natural choice. Traffic generates a considerable share of overall emissions and we’re working to reduce them through the choices we make. Compared with a diesel motor, for example, a biogas-fueled vehicle also significantly reduces noise nuisance,” says Tommi Martikainen transport manager at Heinon Tukku.
Fuel from own biowaste feedstock is the circular economy in practice
Heinon Tukku has started to use an Iveco Stralis CNG truck, which can be filled up with biogas. Renewable Finnish biogas is produced from biodegradable waste from households, retail outlets and industry, and from sewage sludge. Also biowaste recycled by Heino Tukku is processed into biogas. Using raw materials that were earlier wasted is a good example of the circular economy in practice.
Biogas is also used as a source of fuel in industry and as a fuel for delivery vehicles and buses. Use of biogas in transport can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 85% over the lifecycle of the fuel.
“Emissions reductions achieved by choice of fuel play an important part in curbing traffic emissions. It’s great that Heinon Tukka has joined the growing ranks of companies whose vehicles use eco-friendly biogas. This also serves as an example to other companies planning future investments in gas-fueled delivery vehicles,” states Jani Arala Senior Sales Manager, Traffic, at Gasum.
In spring 2018, the European Commission proposed for the first time binding CO2 emissions targets for heavy-duty vehicles. The proposed targets for CO2 emissions from new vehicles are 15% lower in 2025 than in 2019 and at least 30% lower in 2030 than in 2019. Since its use generates only a fraction of local emissions, such as nitrogen oxide and particulate emissions, biogas as a fuel provides a solution to reducing emissions and to improving air quality.
For more information please contact:
Jani Arala, Senior Sales Manager, Traffic
Phone: +358 44 054 8583, firstname.surname(a)gasum.com