What does LNG mean? What about LBG?

Gas-related abbreviations can be a bit confusing. Here’s our quick guide to Gasum gas products for transport.

LNG = liquefied natural gas

LBG = liquefied biogas

CNG = compressed natural gas

CBG = compressed biogas


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LNG and LBG help heavy transport and logistics to reduce emissions


The European Union and the Nordic countries have set a strong agenda for reducing emissions from transport. This creates the need for companies and organizations to reduce emissions in their supply chains where a major role is played by transport logistics.

In the Nordic countries, distances are long, which results in an increase in the volume of heavy-duty transport. With up to 90% of commercial transport taking place by road, the Nordic countries have now adopted ambitious targets for reducing transport emissions, i.e. CO2 emissions.

In 2025, heavy transport will enter a new era as the European Commission proposes that CO2 emissions from new vehicles should be 15% lower than in 2019. Going forward, the target set for 2030 is for emissions to be at least 30% lower. At the same time, national targets are driving significant emissions reductions in the transport sector.

Gasum offers gas solutions for heavy-duty vehicles (HDV) and helping logistic companies become more sustainable. Gas as a fuel is suitable for all types of heavy-duty vehicles. Gas-powered vehicles have been awarded the PIEK Quiet Truck Certification (noise level below 72 dB). For the locations of stations, see the map of gas filling stations.

Why LNG and LBG?

The switch of heavy-duty vehicles to liquefied natural gas (LNG) or liquefied biogas (LBG) will result in significant cuts in carbon dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, particulate and noise emissions from transport. Based on life cycle analysis, the use of LNG reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 20% compared with fossil diesel.

LNG-powered heavy-duty vehicles provide the same performance and driving comfort as diesel models. With one refueling, an LNG-powered vehicle can run up to 1,600 km. Several vehicle manufacturers in the Nordics, such as Iveco, Scania and Volvo Trucks, offer modern LNG-powered trucks.

LNG-fueled trucks can also switch to 100% renewable liquefied biogas (LBG) without significant further investments. The feedstock from which biogas is manufactured varies from country to country. Gasum produces biogas in Finland from biodegradable waste generated by homes, retail outlets and industry and from municipal sewage sludge. Biogas produced by Gasum in Sweden is made from agricultural side streams, such as cereal straw and husks. LBG reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90% when compared with fossil fuels.

Heavy-duty vehicle filling station network growing in the Nordic countries

Gasum has committed to investing in the development of the low-emission gas market. Gasum is investing in the construction of around 50 gas filling stations for heavy-duty vehicles in Finland, Sweden and Norway by the beginning of the 2020s. The investment will multiply the size of the Nordic heavy-duty vehicle gas filling station network, enabling considerable emission cuts.

What can we offer you as regards LNG and LBG?

Gasum is the biggest LNG distributor in the Nordics. In addition to heavy-duty transport, we offer LNG for industrial and marine usage. With us, you will find competitive pricing models and enterprise-level fuel solutions to suit all needs. Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information.

Pioneers of sustainable transportation - DB Schenker




















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The calculator gives an indicative estimate of savings and emission reductions. The CO2 emission factor used for diesel is 2.61, for LNG 2.7 and for LBG 0.39. The consumption of an LNG tractor unit is compared with a diesel tractor unit of an equivalent size.

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