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02.10.2017

Gasum has brought tens of millions of kilometers’ worth of clean fuel onto Finnish roads in 2017

Gasum’s gas filling station network has been expanded by four new stations around Finland in 2017. The new stations bring an annual total of tens of millions of kilometers’ worth of clean fuel onto the roads. The station now opened in October in Tuupakka, Vantaa, and the one opened in Petikko, Vantaa, in the summer further supplement the network of stations in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. The Tuupakka station also expands the filling-up opportunities for heavy-duty road vehicles.

The number of gas-fueled vehicles is increasing at a record rate in Finland, and Gasum is promoting cleaner transport by expanding the biogas and natural gas filling station network. Over the next few years, the company will open a total of 35 new filling stations in locations including the Helsinki Metropolitan Area, Turku, Oulu, Lahti, Seinäjoki and Kuopio.

In addition to natural gas and biogas, liquefied natural gas (LNG) is a significant option for emission reductions for heavy-duty vehicles. The emissions from one truck are equivalent to the emissions from several dozens of cars. LNG-fueled heavy-duty vehicles are therefore becoming more common, and the filling station network is expanding continuously around Europe. The gas filling station opened in October in Tuupakka, Vantaa, is the third one in Finland offering fuel for light as well as heavy-duty vehicles.

There are currently eight gas filling stations in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. The network of stations was supplemented further by the Petikko, Vantaa, station opened in the summer that offers compressed biogas (CBG) and natural gas (CNG) fuel for cars, delivery vehicles and waste management vehicles, among others. The new Petikko station has received a positive welcome from gas vehicle users.

The introduction of new gas filling stations is also a perfect match to the City of Vantaa environmental strategy seeking solutions for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. ”The opening of new gas filling stations enables an increase in the use of alternative fuels to replace fossil fuels. Along with other energy solutions, this will help make greenhouse gas reductions and promote the achievement of Vantaa’s carbon neutrality objective,” says City of Vantaa Environmental Director Katariina Rautalahti.

Gas-fueled vehicles gaining rapidly in popularity

”There's an increasing demand in renewable energy in transport, and biogas is one of the most attractive alternatives to conventional fuels. Biogas is continuously gaining in popularity as a fuel among more and more enterprises and well as private individuals, and the increase seen throughout the year in the sales of gas-fueled vehicles has been excellent. At Gasum we’re excited to be involved in the promotion of cleaner transport and the circular economy. Our filling station network helps bring tens of millions of kilometers’ worth of clean mobility onto Finland’s roads already this year,” says Gasum CEO Johanna Lamminen, pleased with the progress made.

The view of the increasing popularity of gas vehicles is also shared by Kimmo Vainio, Director, Sales and Field Operations, from Helkama-Auto: ”The gas car models imported by us, Škoda Octavia and Škoda Citigo, have clearly gained in popularity in 2017. A gas-fueled car is an excellent choice in terms of fuel costs for private customers as well as enterprises and other organizations. The continuously developing filling station network will also strengthen the position of low-emission gas vehicles in Finnish transport even further in the future.”

The Tuupakka station in Vantaa will also serve heavy-duty transport and is a welcome addition to the filling station network in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. In addition to Vantaa, at the moment LNG for heavy-duty road vehicles is available in Finland from Vuosaari, Helsinki, and in Turku and Jyväskylä. Head of Land Operations Janne Ritakoski from the logistics company Containerships says the new station is an important investment in cleaner logistics: ”We want to offer a logistics chain from the sender to the recipient that is as clean as possible and minimizes emissions throughout the Baltic Sea region. Gasum’s investments in the filling station network have an enabling effect on our own investments in a gas-fueled fleet in Finland and support our LNG strategy. The Vantaa LNG station by the Ring Road has a perfect location for our operations.”

 

For more information please contact:

Jukka Metsälä, Vice President, Biogas, Gasum Ltd Phone: +358 40 563 3756, firstname.surname(a)gasum.com

Olga Väisänen, Vice President, Communications, Gasum Ltd Phone: +358 40 554 0578, firstname.surname(a)gasum.com

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25.09.2017

Gasum and IKEA Finland launch cooperation – Biogas from restaurant food waste and gas filling stations in conjunction with stores

Gasum has signed a comprehensive circular economy cooperation agreement with IKEA Finland. The cooperation will involve using food waste from IKEA restaurants in Finland to produce biogas, with Gasum gas filling stations also to be constructed in conjunction with IKEA stores. The first station will be opened at the IKEA store in Espoo in late 2017. In the future the cooperation will also enable the utilization of biogas fuel in IKEA Finland’s own operations and by IKEA’s transport partners.

Gasum has taken yet another major step in the promotion of the circular economy and cleaner transport. The cooperation between Gasum and IKEA Finland will result in the production of environmentally friendly biogas from food waste generated in all of Finland’s IKEA restaurants. Biogas is a clean and 100% renewable local fuel made from biodegradable feedstocks such as biowaste sourced from homes, retail outlets and industry.

”Utilizing the volumes of food waste remaining after our efforts to eliminate wastage is a sustainable act for the promotion of a clean energy form, biogas. As a company we’re determined to set a good example by adopting new circular-economy approaches and hopefully at the same time inspiring consumers as well as other companies to take concrete environmental action,” says Country Sustainability Manager Tiina Suvanto from IKEA Finland.

Biogas produced in Finland is an easy and inexpensive way to cut carbon dioxide and fine particulate emissions from transport. In transport use, biogas helps reduce the fuel’s lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions by up to 85%. Gasum biogas is also the only road fuel sold in Finland that has been awarded the Made in Finland Key Flag Symbol as well as the Nordic Ecolabel.

The world’s first IKEA store gas filling stations to be opened in Finland

One of the aims of the cooperation is to construct gas filling stations in conjunction with the IKEA stores in Finland. The first filling station will be opened at the Espoo store in late 2017. The Finnish IKEA stores will be the first IKEA units in the world to get gas filling stations.

”Our partnership with IKEA Finland is a great example of comprehensive circular-economy cooperation benefiting all those involved. The opening of gas filling stations in conjunction with the stores will improve access to a cleaner road fuel among consumers as well as logistics operators,” says Jukka Metsälä, Vice President, Biogas, from Gasum.

”Environmentally friendly biogas is beyond compare as a road fuel – it’s 100% renewable, local and inexpensive. I believe our cooperation now launched will lay the foundation for a long-term partnership supporting the rapid development of the gas vehicle market,” Metsälä continues.

Environmentally friendly logistics based on the circular economy approach

The circular economy provides enterprises with an excellent opportunity to fuel their vehicles with biogas produced from their own biowaste. In addition to the use of biowaste from the IKEA restaurants as feedstock in biogas production and the opening of gas filling stations in conjunction with IKEA stores, the cooperation also enables the future utilization of biogas in IKEA Finland’s own operations as well as by its transport partners.

”The gas filling stations will improve our partners’ capacities for fleet renewal through a switch to environmentally friendly biogas. Our aim is also to gradually replace the cars used by IKEA Finland’s personnel as well as the IKEA buses with vehicles running on environmentally friendly fuel,” Suvanto says.

Gasum has opened four new gas filling stations in Finland this year. At the moment there are 36 gas filling stations in Finland, with 24 of these operated by Gasum.


For more information please contact:

Jukka Metsälä, Vice President, Biogas, Gasum Ltd, phone: +358 40 5633 756, firstname.surname(a)gasum.com

Olga Väisänen, Vice President, Communications, Gasum Ltd Phone: +358 40 554 0578, firstname.surname(a)gasum.com

IKEA Communications, pr.finland@IKEA.com Phone: +358 40 451 7856

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11.09.2017

More gas for Central Finland – new gas filling station opened in Jyväskylä

The Finnish gas filling station network has increased by several stations in 2017, and in August the gas infrastructure of Central Finland was also strengthened with the opening of a new filling station in Jyväskylä. The station offers compressed natural gas (CNG) and biogas (CBG), which can be used to fuel vehicles such as cars, delivery vehicles, waste management vehicles and buses. Liquefied natural gas (LNG), on the other hand, is suitable for heavy-duty vehicles. The development of the station network and the increase in the number of gas-fueled vehicles supports the transition to cleaner solutions in private as well as public transport.

Gasum promotes cleaner mobility and is strongly committed to the development of gas-powered transport in Finland. In addition to natural gas and biogas, liquefied natural gas (LNG) is a significant option for emission reductions for heavy-duty vehicles. In Europe, the pace of market development is already fast – LNG-fueled heavy-duty vehicles are becoming more common and the filling station network is expanding. The gas filling station opened in Jyväskylä is the second one in Finland offering fuel for light as well as heavy-duty vehicles. This year LNG for heavy-duty transport has become available in Jyväskylä, Turku, Helsinki and Vantaa.

Finland’s gas filling station network is expanding at a rapid annual rate, and the station opened in August in Jyväskylä is already the fourth new station opened in 2017. Over the next few years, the number of new stations to be opened by Gasum totals 35.

”Consumers, enterprises and cities want clean and inexpensive transport solutions. Sources of road fuel gas are expanding and access improving all the time thanks to the new gas filling stations of various of operators. In Jyväskylä as well there are now two filling stations responding to the increasing need for road fuel gas. The selection of vehicle models running on gas is also currently increasing, and gas vehicles are available from all well-known car manufactures for light and heavy-duty transport needs. I’m happy that Jyväskylä's trunk route transport now also gets an excellent opportunity to switch to lower-emission energy solutions,” says Gasum Vice President for Biogas Jukka Metsälä.

People in Finland interested in energy issues

According to a recent panel survey, the majority (76%) of people in Finland are interested in energy issues. * According to the survey, people in Finland are also committed to cleaner energy solutions. At the same time, however, people do not want to give up private cars. To respond to consumer wishes and the tightening emission targets, cities and enterprises need to find and offer new solutions for transport.

”The renewable energy local government review conducted for the City of Jyväskylä this year shows that we have great opportunities to increase the share of renewable energy. New transport solutions will play an important role in the achievement of this goal, and therefore we’re really pleased to get a new filling station in Jyväskylä that provides a comprehensive service for transport in the area,” says Mayor of the City of Jyväskylä Timo Koivisto.

Transport emission reduction as part of corporate responsibility

PR Director Juha Niemi from the moving and logistics services provider Niemi Services also finds that enterprises should actively introduce new ways to cut transport emissions. ”We started cooperation with Gasum in 2015, and today we’re already using 15 vehicles running on Finnish biogas. Our target is to achieve zero fine particulate emissions by 2040. The growing filling station network enables us to start using biogas vehicles outside the Helsinki region as well. Thanks to the new filling station, we're now operating our first Jyväskylä-based biogas vehicle.”

Gasum biogas is a 100% Finnish and renewable biofuel. It is the only road fuel sold in Finland that has been awarded the Made in Finland Key Flag Symbol as well as the Nordic Ecolabel. Biogas production is strongly associated with the circular economy as gas is produced from feedstocks such as biowaste that used to end up in landfill sites or waste incineration facilities. The circular economy provides enterprises and municipalities with an excellent opportunity to fuel their vehicles with biogas produced from their own biowaste.

The environmental management expert Eerola-Yhtiöt is the first company in Finland to fuel its vehicles with 100% Finnish and renewable biogas produced from waste collected by the company. Earlier, the fat, oil and grease (FOG) sludge collected by us ended up unutilized in wastewater treatment plants and landfill sites, but now we're able to recover the energy content of FOG at the biogas plant. With us filling up eight vehicles on biogas for a year reduces the CO2 emissions from their use by an amazing 2,600 tonnes a year. We’re very proud to be a forerunner in this,” says Tom Sundell, Marketing Director, from Eerola-Yhtiöt.

*Pitkänen, Ville; Westinen, Jussi. Suomalaisten asenteet ja aktiivisuus energia-asioissa (“Attitudes and level of activity in energy issues among people in Finland”), Ajatuspaja e2, 2017.

For more information please contact:

Jukka Metsälä, Vice President, Biogas, Gasum Ltd, phone: +358 40 5633 756, firstname.surname(a)gasum.com

Olga Väisänen, Vice President, Communications, Gasum Ltd, phone +358 40 554 0578, firstname.surname(a)gasum.com

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