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Gas strengthened its position as road vehicle fuel – number of gas cars on Finnish roads almost doubled in 2018

The number of gas-fueled cars increased again in Finland. There were several factors behind gas being more commonly used as a fuel, such as willingness to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from transport and the highly popular campaign offering biogas at a fixed price. The scrapping incentive and support for gas car conversions introduced at the start of 2018 have also contributed towards the increase of gas-fueled cars in Finland. According to the latest estimates, there are around 6,700 gas-fueled vehicles on Finland’s roads.

The year 2018 saw a continuation of the huge increase in driving on gas. According to the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency (Traficom), a total of 2,439 gas-fueled passenger cars were taken into use in Finland, with 1,161 of these being first registrations. This was a huge increase as car registrations almost doubled compared with 2017.

The most popular first-registered car makes were Skoda (555), Seat (298) and Audi (150). The most popular gas-fueled car models were Skoda Octavia (536), Seat Leon (150) and Seat Ibiza (104). According to the latest estimates, there are around 6,700 gas-fueled vehicles in Finland.

In 2018, a significant proportion of the gas-fueled cars were imported to Finland as used cars. As regards imported cars, the most popular makes were Volkswagen (664), Volvo (316) and Mercedes-Benz (94). Most of these were imported from Sweden (1,216), followed by Germany (34) and Czech Republic (16).

”The demand for gas cars is growing in Finland, and this is no wonder as gas has many advantages as a road vehicle fuel. It’s an inexpensive fuel. Our fixed price campaign offering biogas at a fixed monthly price has been highly popular. Gas cars are also competitive in terms of their purchase price compared with diesel and gasoline cars, and different gas car models are becoming increasingly available,” says Heidi Kuoppala, Sales Manager, Traffic, from Gasum.

Gas is seen as a clean fuel alternative also for heavy-duty road transport. In 2018, a record number of first registrations of new heavy-duty vehicles were made in Finland. The market development was affected by factors including new vehicle model launches by Iveco, Scania and Volvo. Gasum is developing the Nordic heavy-duty vehicle filling station network by investing in the construction of around 50 stations in Finland, Sweden and Norway by the beginning of the 2020s.

”The demand for both light and heavy-duty vehicles is growing in all segments, and we’re highly committed to the development of the road fuel gas market. This is demonstrated by the fact that the European Union granted Gasum support at €2.9 million for the construction of new gas filling stations. The Transport Climate Policy working group under the Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications also highlighted biogas as a significant element of the solution for greenhouse gas emission cuts,” Kuoppala says.

Using gas-fueled vehicles helps enterprises to reduce their carbon footprint

Many enterprises took action to reduce their carbon footprint in 2018. Introducing gas-fueled vehicles in their logistics was an effective way for many organizations to cut carbon dioxide emissions. For example, the City of Vantaa facility and user services company Vantti started using four biogas-fueled vans as part of action to reach the ambitious carbon neutrality target set by the City. The grocery store chain Lidl and the dairy manufacturer Valio introduced goods deliveries with biogas-fueled trucks and participated in biogas production by transporting waste to biogas plants, while Finland’s leading postal and logistics service company Posti is already using 40 gas-fueled vehicles.

The continued increase in the number of gas vehicles in 2018 is proof of more and more private individuals as well as enterprises opting for gas vehicles.

For more information please contact:
Heidi Kuoppala, Sales Manager, Traffic, Gasum
Phone: +358 50 440 9793, firstname.surname(a)

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.

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Maintenance service specialist Viafin Service to acquire Gasum Tekniikka

Gasum is selling its subsidiary Gasum Tekniikka Oy to the industrial maintenance partner Viafin Service Oyj. This arrangement is part of Gasum’s strategy of focusing on the development of the gas market and energy infrastructure in the Nordic countries. The transaction is expected to be closed by the end of February 2019. The acquisition will make Gasum Tekniikka part of the Viafin Service Group.

”It's great to carry out this transaction with Viafin Service, an experienced maintenance service specialist with a focus on expanding maintenance and related services at the core of its strategy. This transaction enables us to ensure service quality, and we'll continue to buy services from the company in the future, too. We both share the aim of maintaining and development technical competencies, high work quality and cost-effective operations in the gas sector,” says Gasum CEO Johanna Lamminen.

Gasum Tekniikka specializes in maintenance and service measures relating to natural gas, biogas and liquefied natural gas (LNG) usage solutions. The company offers services covering the entire lifecycle of gas systems from initial review to more specific determination and design, construction and installation as well as commissioning and maintenance work.

Gasum Tekniikka will continue service provision to current and new customers as part of the Viafin Service Group. Viafin Service is a company specialized in industrial maintenance and in repair, maintenance and installation of piping and equipment.

For more information please contact:                                                                         

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

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

The energy company Gasum is a Nordic gas sector and energymarket expert. Together with its partners, Gasum is building a bridge towards a carbon-neutral society on land and at sea. Gasum imports natural gas to Finland and promotes circular economy by processing waste and producing biogas and recycled nutrients in Finland and Sweden. The company offers energy for heat and power production, industry as well as road and maritime transport. Gasum is the leading supplier of biogas in the Nordic countries. The company has a gas filling stations network, that also serves heavy-duty vehicles. Gasum is also the leading liquefied natural gas (LNG) player in the Nordic market. The company continues to strengthen the position and infrastructure of LNG and supplies LNG to maritime transport, industry and heavy-duty vehicles in Finland, Sweden and Norway.

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FREJA starts road transport with environmentally friendly LBG truck in collaboration with Gasum

Since the beginning of December 2018, biogas has been used to fuel FREJA’s transport in Finland. FREJA has started semi-trailer transport collaboration with Gasum by running deliveries with the Iveco Stralis NP tractor unit. The collaboration is related to a study carried out under the CIVITAS ECCENTRIC project co-funded by the EU, which produces research data on the use of gas in heavy-duty transport. The CIVITAS ECCENTRIC project is developing a clean mobility system by testing biogas vehicles and the increased use of biogas in logistics.

”Our operating range is around 1,000 km and Gasum filling stations can be found in locations including Turku, the Helsinki Metropolitan Area and Jyväskylä, so fill-ups are easy along our transport route,” says Transport Coordinator Antti Setälä from FREJA.

”It’s great that frontrunner enterprises such as FREJA make environmentally friendly fuel choices as it’s important to cut heavy-duty road transport emissions. The transport use of LBG enables considerable emission reductions, and this project helps cut CO2 and fine particulate emissions in the Turku region,” says Jani Arala, Senior Manager, Sales, Traffic, from Gasum.

”This study provides our sector with research data so that even more operators would include gas-fueled vehicles in their fleet,” Setälä continues.

Using environmentally friendly biogas to fuel vehicles makes it possible to cut the greenhouse gas emissions generated over the fuel life cycle by up to 85% compared with traditional fuels. Renewable biogas is produced from feedstocks including food waste generated in homes and retail outlets, sewage sludge and industrial by-products. Biogas production also represents the circular economy at its best as the organic matter created as a by-product can be utilized as environmentally friendly recycled nutrients by local farms.

”We want to develop efficient transport solutions where the environmental burden is minimized. Quality and responsibility are our core values,” says Traffic Director Sampo Koulu from FREJA.

For more information please contact:
Jani Arala, Senior Sales Manager, Traffic, Gasum Ltd
Phone: +358 44 054 8583, firstname.surname(a)

The CIVITAS ECCENTRIC project was launched to develop a smart and clean mobility system. The first Finnish CIVITAS city, Turku aims for carbon neutrality through measures including electrifying public transport and expanding the use of biofuels. Launched in September 2016, the EU co-funded CIVITAS ECCENTRIC tests biogas vehicles and the increased use of biogas in logistics. Through the project, Gasum wants to verify the benefits of gas for heavy-duty transport and the environment. The CIVITAS ECCENTRIC project enables this piloting until 2020.

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Biogas helped solve brewery restaurant’s Bryggeri’s waste problem

Did you know that Gasum is Finland’s leading processer of biodegradable fractions? Thanks to our local biogas plant network, we provide a flexible service for public as well as private organizations. Take a look and ask us for a quote.

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