Renewal is a key element of Gasum’s strategy. The Nordic energy company is building the LNG and biogas markets in the Nordic countries while at the same time looking after the competitiveness of natural gas in Finland. Read more about Gasum company story, financial review and responsibility report.
Founded by Kalevi Niemi in 1981, a people-centred approach, green values and local sourcing have been important to this family business since the beginning. Their vehicles running on biogas can now be spotted on the basis of the green Biogas Label.
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 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.
Juha Häkämies, Vice President, Strategy, Gasum
Tel. +358 400 077 0577, forname.lastname(a)gasum.com
Gasum is entering into gas container transport cooperation with Speed Group Ltd. With a track record of more than 20 years of container transport, Speed was selected to partner with Gasum thanks to its expertise and special equipment.
Speed is a company specializing in container transport that shares the same objective as Gasum – promoting development towards a carbon-neutral future. This can be seen in many ways in the operations of this forerunner in the transport sector.
In 2016, Speed introduced an LNG-fueled Volvo truck to its fleet operating from Helsinki’s Vuosaari Harbor. For more than five years now, the company has also participated in the Eco-Truck trial where large-capacity modular combination vehicles are operated under a special permit granted by the Finnish Transport Safety agency (Trafi). The trial has resulted in carbon dioxide emissions having been cut by up to 40%.
Lighter containers ensure minimized emissions
Gasum has opened a new gas filling station in conjunction with the IKEA store in Espoo, Finland, in 2018. The next new Finnish location for vehicles to fill up on gas is Salo as Gasum will open a gas filling station at the Piihovi ABC station in summer 2018. During 2017, Gasum expanded its filling station network by five new gas filling stations.
Containers enable gas filling stations to be constructed also in areas outside the actual gas pipeline network. An example of this is the station opened in Tiilimäki, Pori, in 2017, which has received its gas in containers right from the start.
To increase transport efficiency, Gasum is introducing new, lighter gas containers. The new containers are made from a light material, which enables the transport of more containers without exceeding the weight limit in effect on Finland’s roads for the transport of hazardous substances. The new containers will be delivered to Gasum by the Norwegian UMOE Advanced Composites AS.
”Cooperation with Speed enables more efficient gas container transport for us. Our new lighter containers make sure we will be able to maximize the amount of gas transported in each delivery to our filling stations. This increases our operational efficiency and at the same time reduces emissions from container transport,” says Ari Suomilammi, Director, Biogas Production and Sourcing, from Gasum.
For more information please contact:
Ari Suomilammi, Director, Biogas Production and Sourcing, Gasum Ltd
Phone: +358 400 653 351, firstname.surname(a)gasum.com
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.