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Guide to getting a gas car

A gas-fueled car is an excellent choice if you are looking for a modern, affordable and environmentally friendly driving solution. Here is our guide to help you get started with getting a gas car.

18.05.2018

European Commission to put controls on emissions from heavy-duty vehicles – liquefied natural gas and biogas decisive in achieving emissions target

The European Commission has proposed limits to CO2 emissions from heavy-duty vehicles. The expanding liquefied natural gas infrastructure enables significant emission reductions in road transport in a cost-effective manner. Liquefied natural gas and liquefied biogas are fuels that enable the immediate achievement of the targets set by the Commission.

According to the Commission’s proposal, emissions from heavy-duty vehicles will have to be reduced by 15% by 2025 and by at least 30% by 2030 from the 2019 level. Heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs), which cover trucks, buses and coaches, currently account for around 5% of the EU’s total emissions.

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) and liquefied biogas (LBG) offer a competitive alternative for significant cuts in carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide and particulate emissions. With LNG, heavy-duty transport emissions are up to 15% lower than with diesel fuel, and with LBG the reduction is as much as 85%.

”In heavy-duty transport, opportunities for major emissions reductions are scarce. By using liquefied natural gas or liquefied biogas, the targets set by the Commission can already be achieved today. It’s also worth noting that engine technology of LNG-powered heavy-duty vehicles is advancing rapidly at the moment,” says Matti Oksanen, Director, Product Management and Solutions, Biogas, Gasum.

Network expanding in Finland, Sweden and Norway – investment subsidy enabling up to 16 new filling stations to be opened in Sweden

LNG is currently available in Helsinki, Vantaa, Turku and Jyväskylä, and new stations are planned for key transport nodes in areas including Kuopio, Lahti, Oulu and Seinäjoki.

This year Gasum is also expanding its LNG filling station network to Sweden and Norway. In February, the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency granted Gasum more than €9 million in investment subsidy, which enables the construction of 16 new gas filling stations in Sweden.

“Gasum has been taking determined steps to expand the gas refueling infrastructure as gas is a key way of achieving the stricter emission targets in road as well as maritime transport. We welcome the Commission’s proposal for the new emission limits: together with the Action Plan on Alternative Fuels Infrastructure, the proposal boosts the take-up of LNG and LBG as heavy-duty transport fuels,” says Gasum CEO Johanna Lamminen.

The Commission’s proposal for emission limits for heavy duty vehicles will next be considered by the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union.


For further information please contact:

Johanna Lamminen, Chief Executive Officer, Gasum Ltd
Phone: +358 20 44 78 661 (Executive Assistant Henna Walker)

Matti Oksanen, Director, Product Management and Solutions, Biogas, Gasum Ltd
Phone: +358 40 483 6035, forname.lastname(a)gasum.com

The energy company Gasum is a Nordic gas sector expert. Together with its partners, Gasum is building a bridge towards a carbon-neutral society on land and at sea. www.gasum.com.

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15.05.2018

Zero Accident Forum awards Gasum occupational safety level classification Approaching the World’s Forefront

The Zero Accident Forum has awarded Gasum occupational safety classification at Level II – Approaching the World’s Forefront – for efforts made towards continuous improvement of health and safety at work.

The Zero Accident Forum awards level classifications to its member workplaces that have successfully promoted occupational safety. Safety level classifications are based on an examination of aspects including the rate and seriousness of accidents in the workplace. A further criterion is that procedures for accident investigations and reporting on near-misses and dangerous situations must be in use. 
The Zero Accident Forum awarded occupational safety level classifications to 78 member workplaces  in Finland that have invested in the continuous improvement of their occupational safety. Gasum was awarded Level II – Approaching the World’s Forefront – among a total of 28 companies. 

Health and safety at work is at the core of the Gasum strategy and responsibility. Gasum wants to make sure all of the company’s activities are safe for the various stakeholder groups, such as employees, partners and customers. The total number of occupational accidents decreased by 41% year on year. The committees monitoring health and safety at work in Gasum’s operating countries promote matters relating to employees’ health and safety at work.

Shared regular safety practices have been established at workplaces succeeding well in the level classifications. Gasum makes safety visible in everyday work and safety is up to everyone in the company. At the start of the year, Gasum launched the ’I am Safety’ campaign aiming to strengthen the organisation’s safety culture. Gasum also has many safety-related practices supporting positive safety development, such as the Safety walks, the Safety moment – take a moment to think safety checks, workplace safety sessions and everyone’s contribution to safety observations. Technical staff use a risk assessment method in their customer work. Gasum engages in an active dialog with employees about safety and security issues on a continuous basis.

The Gasum Group has around 400 employees in Finland, Norway and Sweden. 31.2% of the personnel is working in technical field work. Together with its partners, Gasum is building a bridge towards a carbon-neutral society on land and at sea.


More information:

Juha Häkämies, Vice President, Strategy, Gasum
Tel. +358 400 077 0577, forname.lastname(a)gasum.com

The energy company Gasum is a Nordic gas sector expert. www.gasum.com.

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27.04.2018

LNG hitting the roads – Volvo’s new LNG-powered truck refueled for the first time in Finland

Volvo has introduced the first LNG-powered heavy-duty truck offering a viable alternative for heavy regional and long-haul operations in Finland. Announced to the market in late 2017, the Volvo FH LNG is a concrete alternative to diesel engines for long-haul applications, including for towing full trailers. A clean and cost-effective alternative, liquefied natural gas (LNG) is becoming a more common fuel for heavy-duty vehicles on Finland’s roads.

LNG is a clean fuel aimed at heavy-duty transport. Its use provides many benefits as, compared with other fuels, LNG generates lower local as well as fine particulate emissions. Utilizing LNG contributes towards the achievement of Finland’s emission targets and a carbon-neutral future.

LNG is a clean fuel aimed at heavy-duty transport. Its use provides many benefits as, compared with other fuels, LNG generates lower local as well as fine particulate emissions. Utilizing LNG contributes towards the achievement of Finland’s emission targets and a carbon-neutral future.

“As regards heavy-duty fleets, LNG is the best alternative to diesel among the currently available solutions. The tank-to-wheel carbon dioxide emissions of the new Volvo FH LNG truck are at least 20% lower than those from fossil fuel use. The demand for the new model has been a positive surprise, and the first orders have already been submitted to the factory,” says Volvo Business Solutions Manager Vesa Soppi.

Finland’s first Volvo FH LNG truck was refueled at Gasum’s Turku gas filling station. Manufactured in Gothenburg, Sweden, the gas-powered 6x2 truck can be ordered in Finland from Volvo Finland AB dealers.

Expanding gas filling station network responding to growing demand

LNG-fueled vehicles can be refueled at Gasum’s LNG filling stations, of which there are currently four in Finland: in Helsinki, Vantaa, Turku and Jyväskylä. Gasum is committed to the development of a low-emission road fuel gas market. In line with this, several new stations will be added to the Gasum gas filling station network this year. LNG stations are being planned for locations including Kuopio, Lahti, Oulu and Seinäjoki. Gasum aims to expand its LNG filling station network also to Sweden and Norway during this year. The purpose of the gas filling station network expansion is to respond to the growing demand for LNG to fuel heavy-duty fleets seen throughout the Nordic countries.

“We are very excited to be now able to offer a more efficient and cleaner alternative to diesel in heavy long-haul transport. We know that the number of LNG-powered vehicles will increase in Finland. There is clear demand among our customers for LNG-powered vehicles as enterprises want to cut their costs as well as their emissions in the various parts of the value chain. Volvo is one of Finland’s best-selling heavy-duty vehicle manufacturers and this a popular model,” Jani Arala, Senior Manager, Sales, Gasum, sums up.

According to the Vehicular and Driver Data Register, there are more than 4,600 gas-fueled vehicles in use in Finland. The number increased by around 1,000 over the first quarter of 2018.

For more information please contact:

Jani Arala, Senior Manager, Sales, Gasum
Phone: +358 44 054 8583, firstname.surname(a)gasum.com

Vesa Soppi, Business Solutions Manager, Volvo Finland Ab, Volvo Trucks
Phone: +358 50 528 9009, firstname.surname(a)volvo.com

The energy company Gasum is a Nordic gas sector expert. Together with its partners, Gasum is building a bridge towards a carbon-neutral society on land and at sea. www.gasum.com.

Volvo Trucks is part of the Volvo Group, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of heavy commercial vehicles and diesel engines. The company, which was founded in 1927, is publicly held and employs more than 100,000 people. The Volvo Group headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden, and is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses, construction equipment and marine and industrial engines. www.volvotrucks.com.

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