Transport cleanly with gas
Liquefied natural gas (LNG) and liquefied biogas (LBG) are clean and price-stable fuels for tractor units used in heavy-duty road transport. The use of LNG reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 20% compared with fossil diesel on life cycle analysis. LBG reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90%.
NCS Finland and Pinecape reduce transport emissions with gas
Transport and logistics company NCS Finland Oy’s subcontractor Pinecape have begun to use a low-emission LNG Volvo. This is how NCS Finland and Pinecape are stepping up their response to customer wishes for reduced transport emissions. The choice of LNG also helps to cut logistics costs since gas is favorably priced compared to other fuels.
Road transport is nothing new to NCS Finland, which specializes in comprehensive road transports across Europe. Founded in 2002, the company estimates that it carries out more than 30,000 consignments each year. In transports in Finland, NCS Finland uses transport company Pinecape, which has started to use a liquefied natural gas (LNG) vehicle.
Customer wishes and concern for the environment drove acquisition of an LNG vehicle
Concern for the environment is an important value for NCS Finland, which has developed its operations in line with sustainability and customer wishes. NCS Finland aims to curb climate change by making ecologically aware choices.
”Our customers these days are interested in cutting logistics emissions and more and more customers require low-emission alternatives. We chose an LNG vehicle since because it meets existing and future emissions reduction targets,” explains Jarmo Halonen, COO, NCS Finland.
To lower its carbon footprint, NCS Finland is striving to reduce and prevent harmful impacts from its own operations and those of its subcontractors. Like NCS Finland, its subcontractor Pinecape is also addressing low-emission transport solutions. Logistics company Pinecape began logistics operations in 2019 and has a fleet of eight vehicles.
”We started to use an LNG vehicle since we wanted to reduce the emissions originating in transport. Even though transport in Finland is fairly small on a global scale, we nevertheless have to do our share to reduce emissions. I hope that Finnish logistics companies will lead the way in low-emission transport,” sums up Harri Nummela, logistics manager at Pinecape.
Expanding gas filling station network is an incentive to acquire LNG vehicles
NCS Finland is reducing emissions by, for example, optimizing transports, improving the energy efficiency of the transport fleet and by efficiently sorting and recycling waste. On top of this, the company is actively working with partners to develop its ways of working.
”Our experiences show that the best way to reduce emissions is through the haulage fleet. It’s great that the network of LNG filling stations has expanded across Finland in recent years. This makes it easy to start using a low-emission fuel,” Halonen says.
Also Nummela at Pinecap is pleased that new gas filling stations are being opened. The expanding network of filling stations combined with positive experiences of driving an LNG vehicle have convinced him of the benefits of gas vehicles.
“I’m definitely considering acquiring more LNG-fueled vehicles. Transports have gone smoothly, fuel costs have noticeably dropped and we’ve cut emissions at the same time,” Nummela enthuses. ”I would just like to see the government provide more support for the acquisition of low-emission vehicles since they are the future of the logistics industry.”