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06.11.2020  

Orkla, Gasum and Volvo Trucks joint test for sustainable transport – cooperation resulted in CO2 emission reductions of 90%

The one-month trial period during which Orkla’s transport partner GDL switched to liquefied biogas (LBG) has ended with very interesting results. Together with its partners Gasum and Volvo trucks, Orkla achieved carbon dioxide emission reductions of 90% as well as 25% lower fuel costs.

Orkla, Gasum and Volvo Trucks entered into cooperation for lower transport emissions in Sweden during the summer. The one-month trial period enabled Orkla and its transport providers alike to learn more about the potential economical, operational, and environmental benefits of using LBG as a fuel. “The test has shown that we can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 90% while having a very stable transport solution to operate. Something that really supports Orkla’s goal of all domestic transport being completely fossil-free by 2025,” says Daniel Kojic, Transport Manager, Orkla Foods Sweden.

The expanding station network in Sweden makes it easier for transport and logistics companies across the Nordics to begin using LBG. Gasum runs 13 of the total of 23 liquefied gas filling stations in Sweden. Gasum’s new filling station in Helsingborg made it possible to drive a gas-powered truck between Orkla’s warehouse in Helsingborg to the Felix ketchup and dressing production facility in Fågelmara, Blekinge.

“The trial period has provided us with a lot of data regarding the economics and sheer practical side of using a gas-powered truck, and the feedback from drivers has been very positive. Refueling has been quick and easy, just as fast as refueling with diesel, and there is less noise compared to diesel trucks. It’s definitely our ambition to drive in an even more climate smart way and with tests like this, it’s obvious that gas has great potential,” says Anders Wendelius, CEO, GDL.  

Renewable fuels are the future of the transport industry

Renewable LBG is becoming more and more popular as the transport industry works towards sustainable solutions. The ambitious goals of clients and the climate targets being set in the EU and at national levels are accelerating the transition to cleaner fuels. Thanks to LBG, the CO2 emissions from the transports were reduced by as much as 90%.

“It’s very pleasing that Orkla confirms how easy and successful it is to drive and refuel gas-powered vehicles. Their test shows what we see ourselves – that transport with gas-powered heavy-duty vehicles is an important step in the transition to fossil-free transports. We can see very good development on the Swedish market, thanks to operational economy, well-proven technology and increasing access to liquefied gas,” explains Stefan Strand, Managing Director, Volvo Trucks, Sweden.

Biogas is the circular economy at its best. Made from organic waste, biogas helps to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by up to 90% compared to fossil diesel.

“The results of this trial period prove that filling times are as fast as with diesel, there are notable cost savings and on top of that the CO2 emission reductions are significant. It goes to show that renewable fuels are the future, and the future is already here. Aid programs in Sweden like Klimatklivet, Klimatpremien and DriveLBG are important since they ease the transition and encourage more people to take the step and invest in gas-powered vehicles already today,” sums up Mikael Antonsson, Director Traffic Sweden, Gasum.


Contact:

Mikael Antonsson, Director Traffic Sweden, Gasum
Tel. +4672 454 33 82, ​Mikael.antonsson@gasum.com

The energy company Gasum is a Nordic gas sector and energy market expert. Gasum offers cleaner energy and energy market expert services for industry and for combined heat and power production as well as cleaner fuel solutions for road and maritime transport. The company helps its customers to reduce their own carbon footprint as well as that of their customers. Together with its partners, Gasum promotes development towards a carbon-neutral future on land and at sea. The Gasum Group has 380 employees in Finland, Norway, Sweden and Germany. The company’s revenue totaled €1,128 million in 2019. Gasum is owned by the State of Finland.