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This is the first year ever for the Scania Driver Competition in Finland to feature biogas-fueled tractor units. This reflects the fact that low emissions and cleaner fuels are at the core of this year's competition. Gasum sponsors the Finnish tests forming part of the world's biggest competition for heavy-duty vehicle drivers.
Gasum sponsors the Scania Driver Competition in Finland where, for the first time ever, competitors will be driving biogas-fueled vehicle combinations. Using biogas-fueled tractor units in the driver competition not only makes driving cleaner but also showcases the modern gas-fueled vehicle combinations to the participants. The Scania Driver Competition is an international event that is open to all professional drivers.
"This spring, participants to the Scania Driver Competition will be driving two biogas-fueled trucks. Being environmentally friendly is a factor creating rapid renewal in our sector and a driving force in our competition. This is why we wanted to introduce lower-emission vehicles in our competition for the first time," says Driver Training Manager Erno Sirviö from Scania Finland.
Cleaner fuels are a major theme in this year's driver competition. Using biogas can cut the carbon dioxide emissions generated during the fuel life cycle by up to 85% compared with other fuels such as diesel. This year, drivers will also be tested on their skills in more environmentally friendly vehicle operation and will face not only driving tests but also theory components in the competition.
"This year's Scania Driving Competition is proof of the enormous advances made in technology over the past ten years. The participants to the competition will be highly competent drivers, many of whom will have never driven a gas-fueled vehicle before. The competition is an excellent opportunity to showcase the new gas technology to them," Sirviö points out.
"It's an honor to be involved as a sponsor in the Scania Driver Competition. The competition shows how gas is getting more common as a heavy-duty transport fuel and provides a solution for low-emission transport. Gas-fueled tractor units are equal to corresponding diesel-fueled units in terms of their performance and driving comfort and therefore an excellent choice for the driver competition. We wish the participants great success in the coming regional finals," says Jani Arala, Senior Sales Manager, Traffic, from Gasum.
Registration for the Finnish Scania Driver Competition begins on January 7, 2019. The competition culminates in the final taking place at the Transport-Logistics event at Messukeskus Helsinki Expo and Convention Centre on May 11. The winner will represent Finland at the European final held in Södertälje, Sweden, on May 25. In addition to the place in the final, the winner will get to use a tractor unit from the Scania range.
For more information please contact:
Jani Arala, Senior Sales Manager, Traffic, Gasum Ltd
Phone: +358 44 054 8583, jani.arala(a)gasum.com
The winner of The Voice of Finland singing competition starting in January will not only receive the title but also gets to choose an environmentally friendly gas-fueled car to use for a year from the SEAT TGI gas hybrid range running on low-emission and environmentally friendly biogas. The prize also includes a year’s worth of free biogas from Gasum gas filling stations.
Season 8 of the popular singing competition The Voice of Finland kicks off in January on the Finnish TV channel Nelonen. Like last year, SEAT will support the journey of the singing talents and award the season’s winner with a SEAT TGI gas hybrid car. The winner gets to choose a car to drive for a year from the SEAT TGI gas hybrid range. In addition, Gasum will provide the winner a year’s worth of free low-emission biogas from Gasum filling stations around Finland. Gasum hopes that the collaboration with SEAT will increase awareness of environmentally friendly fuel alternatives, particularly among families watching the show.
The demand for environmentally friendly fuels has increased in recent years, which can also be seen in the Finnish fleet of gas vehicles: the number of gas vehicles in use on Finnish roads before 2017 was just under 2,000, while the current figure already exceeds 6,000.
At the moment Gasum has a network of 28 gas filling stations in Finland, which will make it easier for this year’s winner of The Voice of Finland to drive to gig venues around the country. Gasum also aims to increase the number of filling stations by dozens of new stations over the next few years. The new gas filling stations will improve access to low-emission fuels.
Renewable and 100% Finnish biogas is produced in accordance with the principles of circular economy from biodegradable waste generated by homes, retail outlets and industry and from municipal sewage sludge. Biogas can be used for purposes such as heat and electricity production and as a transport fuel. Using biogas to fuel road vehicles makes it possible to cut the greenhouse gas emissions generated over the fuel life cycle by up to 85% compared with traditional fossil fuels.
The opening episode of The Voice of Finland is aired on Nelonen on Friday January 4 and the thrilling live broadcasts from Logomo, Turku, start later in the spring.
For more information please contact:
Heidi Kuoppala, Sales Manager, Traffic, Gasum
Phone: +358 50 440 9793, firstname.surname(a)gasum.fi
Two gas buses will join the local public transport fleet in Lappeenranta, Finland. The biogas-fueled buses will begin service on Monday January 7, 2019. The gas buses are not allocated for specific routes but, instead, can be used to transport passengers on any of the city's bus lines.
According to City Engineer Olli Hirvonen from the City of Lappeenranta, the City introduces the gas buses in order to promote sustainable development and contribute towards cuts in transport emissions.
- The City of Lappeenranta aims to cut transport emissions by 50% by 2030. This is a clear step in that direction.
One third of the buses in Lappeenranta's local transport fleet are already new, energy-efficient and low-emission Euro6 buses. The gas buses will make it possible to considerably accelerate the rate of CO2 emission reductions.
Gas buses introduced in collaboration with bus company
Olli Hirvonen points out that development work to cut transport emissions in the middle of the contractual period has been possible because the matter has been advanced in good collaboration with the bus company, Savonlinja.
Savonlinja is committed to participating in the development of cleaner public transport, says Savonlinja Managing Director Kai Honkanen.
- We seek to do our share by making more sustainable choices to reduce public transport emissions and in that way improve air quality for urban residents.
Biogas-fueled vehicles have the advantage of it often being possible to produce the gas fuel from local waste. In Lappeenranta, road transport fuel from the biogas plant constructed in Kukkuroinmäki can potentially be used in the future. The gas buses now starting in service will use Gasum biogas.
Gasum offers a climate-friendly alternative to traditional fuels by actively expanding the gas filling station network, says Business Development Manager Matti Ojanpää from Gasum.
- It's great that the City of Lappeenranta is setting an example and is now the third city in Finland to choose gas-fueled buses for urban transport. Gas buses are the most cost-effective way to reduce carbon dioxide and local emissions from urban transport and an important element in action to reach climate targets.
For more information please contact:
Matti Ojanpää, Business Development Manager, Gasum
Phone: +358 0400 299 798, matti.ojanpaa(at)gasum.com
Olli Hirvonen, City Engineer, City of Lappeenranta
Phone: +358 40 670 1566, olli.hirvonen(at)lappeenranta.fi
Kai Honkanen, Managing Director, Savonlinja
Phone: +358 40 843 0545, kai.honkanen(at)savonlinja.fi
Image: City of Lappeenranta