Low-emission fuels are becoming increasingly popular in the Nordic transport sector. Six Swedish logistic companies that are part of MaserFrakt (the biggest transportation company in Sweden) recently tested trucks that used bio-LNG as fuel as a way to reduce their emissions. The companies’ expectations of significantly lower emissions and a better operating environment were exceeded.
“According to the drivers, there was little difference between driving a diesel truck and a bio-LNG truck, which is very positive. The quieter engine sound is great as well because it means a better working environment for our drivers,” said Frida Jahncke, fuel manager, MaserFrakt.
The companies also noted that as bio-LNG is a cost-effective fuel, its impact on overall costs can easily be enhanced by a sensible way of driving and the commitment of drivers to the change. After the tests, MaserFrakt said that they are looking forward to new investments in the NGV sector, so LNG trucks can show their potential in a wider operating environment.
The potential of natural gas in decreasing road transportation emissions has been noted by multiple logistic companies in the Nordics. For example, already more than 1,000 natural gas-fueled trucks have been approved for subsidies under the Klimatklivet and Drive bio-LNG climate investment programs in Sweden. LNG is recognized as a low-emission alternative fuel and trucks running on LNG and bio-LNG are considered environmentally friendly trucks under the new incentive program Klimatpremien.
These incentive programs are rapidly increasing the number of LNG trucks on the road and boosting market conditions. Gasum aims to support the climate efforts of the Nordic countries by expanding the natural gas station network in Sweden, Finland and Norway. “We need to work together to reduce the climate impact of road transport and reach the ambitious goals set by the EU and the Swedish government. We’re glad that companies such as MaserFrakt are looking into low-emission fuel solutions and testing them so thoroughly,” added Mikael Antonsson, Director Traffic, Gasum Sweden.