The Nordic energy company Gasum commissioned Value Clinic to conduct a survey on how Finnish and Swedish heavy-duty vehicle fleet owners view environmental issues, as well as on their thoughts on the various fuel solutions. According to the results, 60% of fleet owners that have more than 16 trucks see biogas as a viable fuel option in Finland in the near future, and 33% of Swedish large-fleet owners agree. In both countries, large-fleet owners see biogas as a more viable option than hybrid or electricity solutions.
“I’m very happy that already today the large-fleet owners of Finland and Sweden see the benefits of LNG and bio-LNG in road transport. If a company with 16 trucks switched from conventional fuels to natural gas, this would mean significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions as the annual emissions of one heavy vehicle are equal to those of 40–50 passenger cars. I strongly recommend that also small-fleet owners consider making the switch. This would be a great solution for hauling companies to stand out in a highly competitive logistics market,” said Jukka Metsälä, Vice President, Traffic, Gasum.
According to the survey, fleet owners consider that strengths of LNG and bio-LNG are the fuel cost savings, emission reductions and the constantly expanding filling station network.
The results also show that over half of all fleet owners in Finland and Sweden have witnessed an increase in environmental expectations from their customers over the last few years. In addition, nearly 60% of Finnish and 82% of Swedish respondents believe that some of their trucks will be using a low-emission fuel in five years’ time and are interested in introducing alternative fuels in their operations.
“Our observations align with the fleet owners’; there’s increasing demand for environmentally friendly solutions in heavy transportation. It’s also clear from the results that this will not change soon, as only 18% believe that caring about the environment is a temporary phenomenon,” commented Jani Arala, Senior Manager, sales, Traffic, Gasum.