Earlier this year the EU agreed to set emissions standards for new heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) for the first time. According to the new standards, the average CO2 emissions of new HDVs need to be 15% lower in 2025 than in 2019, and at least 30% lower in 2030. Sweden has also set a national target to reduce CO2 emissions from domestic traffic by at least 70% by 2030. In addition, customer demand for environmentally friendly products and services is increasing rapidly.
In order to respond to the growing demand of low emission fuel options, Gasum is planning to build a network of 50 LNG filling stations for HVDs by early 2020s in the Nordics. The new network offers logistic companies LNG as well as bio-LNG and is seen as a necessity in the transition to a cleaner future as it offers cleaner fuels for HDVs. The new filling stations will be built in high traffic areas.
Gasum has recently opened its second natural gas station for HDVs in Sweden. The station is located in Norrköping, close to the E 4 route, which makes it easy for HDVs to access it and refuel. Gasum has other filling station in Västerås, Sweden and already six filling stations in Finland. Altogether, the company has more than 30 natural gas stations for different vehicle segments in Sweden and Finland.
“Climate change affects all of us and we need to solve it together. Based on market demand, Gasum is building a network of filling stations in the Nordics in close co-operation with several partners. This development will accelerate the growth of gas-based hauling in the Nordics and at the same time offer logistic companies sustainable fuel options that will help them reach their environmental targets. As an added bonus, they will also make significant savings in fuel costs,” said Mikael Antonsson, Director, Traffic, Gasum Sweden.
Offering both LNG and bio-LNG, the Norrköping and Västerås stations have been identified as environmentally sustainable investments and therefore been partially financed through the government’s Klimatklivet (climate investment program).
The two new stations built by Gasum form the beginning of a filling station network that will cover the Nordics. At the end of the summer, Gasum will expand its network with LNG/bio-LNG stations in Jönköping and Örebro followed by more stations later in the year.