The EU’s ambitious emissions targets to curb climate change create a challenge for logistics companies to reduce transport emissions. The emission targets require heavy-duty transport to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 15% by 2025 compared to 2019. In this regard, NCS Finland Oy, a transport and logistics company, and its subcontractor Pinecape Oy brought into use a Volvo FH LNG tractor unit in July.
NCS Finland specializes in comprehensive road transports across Europe and carries more than 30,000 consignments each year. “LNG was the natural choice for us since it meets existing and future emissions targets,” said Jarmo Halonen, COO, NCS Finland. “Our customers are increasingly interested in cutting emissions in transport and require more environmentally friendly alternatives. We want to impact the environment through our own operations and the easiest way to do this is to change the transport fleet.”
Growing numbers of transport companies are renewing their fleets to make them more environmentally friendly as Gasum expands its filling station network. “We are pleased that leading companies such as NCS Finland and Pinecape are using LNG to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. We’re strategically building a network of natural gas stations in Finland and the other Nordic countries to make it easier for growing numbers of companies to switch to a low-emission fuel,” said Jani Arala, Senior Sales Manager, Traffic, Gasum.
Like NCS Finland, the company’s subcontractor Pinecape also addressed low-emission transport solutions. Harri Nummela, Logistics manager at Pinecape says that the low emissions and eco-friendliness of LNG were incentives for the decision. “Climate issues are important to us and we wanted to do our own bit to help. Driving with LNG has gone really smoothly. In the long run, we’re also clocking up significant savings in fuel costs compared to diesel-fueled vehicles. We’re definitely considering acquiring more LNG-fueled vehicles,” he added.
“In long-distance transport you can drive as far as 1,000 kilometers on a tankful of natural gas and fuel costs are lower than for diesel. Nevertheless, there’s no need to compromise whatsoever on performance and torsion in a Volvo FH LNG truck when compared to a similar diesel-fueled vehicle. Demand for LNG-fueled trucks is constantly growing,” commented Reino Manninen, Sales Director, Volvo Trucks.