The Finnish transport sector has announced the goal to halve emissions originating in transport by 2030 from the level in 2005. Emissions reduction is particularly important in the transport and logistics industry since heavy-duty transport accounts for roughly a third of EU greenhouse gas emissions in road transport. Growing numbers of logistics companies are seeking to cut emissions by switching to more environmentally friendly fuels.
PostNord, the leading logistics solutions provider in the Nordic countries, has brought into service four biomethane delivery vehicles in Finland during the summer. The use of biogas in transport can reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the lifecycle of the fuel by up to 85% compared with more traditional fuels.
“Concern for the environment is everyone’s responsibility and we want to be a sustainability leader in the Nordic countries. We have set ourselves the goal of cutting the entire PostNord Group’s carbon dioxide emissions by 40% by 2020 compared with the 2009 level,” said Johanna Starck, CEO of PostNord Oy.
By making low emission choices, PostNord has reduced the environmental loading in its operations despite a sharp rise in the numbers of parcels transported. The company also requires its partners to commit to environmental goals. PostNord’s subcontractor, transport company A2B, has been driving biomethane vehicles since back in 2011 and now has a fleet of 34 vehicles powered by this fuel. “Our deliveries are made using fully renewable fuel produced from Finnish biowaste. We’re supporting the circular economy and improving urban air quality at the same time,” commented Tero Kakko, CEO, A2B.
The energy company Gasum is strategically building a network of natural gas stations in Finland and the other Nordic countries. “Demand for cleaner fuels is growing rapidly in the transport and logistics industry. We and our partners are focusing on developing the gas infrastructure and network of filling stations across the Nordic countries. Particularly for companies in this sector, LNG and bio-LNG are essential in the transition towards a carbon-neutral future. At the same time, they also result in significant savings in fuel costs,” added Jani Arala, Senior Sales Manager, Gasum.