Gasum, the Finnish gas company, is pursuing its vision of building a Nordic gas ecosystem by entering the Swedish and Norwegian transport sectors, focusing on LNG for heavy-duty vehicles. Switching fuels in this segment from diesel to either liquefied biomethane or LNG will have a significant impact in reducing CO2, NOx, particles and noise emissions. In the future, natural gas will play a major role in the transition to a carbon neutral society.
Already positioned in the Finnish refueling network, Gasum will expand its LNG refueling infrastructure to Sweden and Norway during 2018. The upcoming stations will be positioned to strategically relevant locations, expanding the operating range of LNG powered trucks even further in the Nordic countries. Gasum believes LNG to be the future fuel for heavy transport. The network of LNG filling stations is growing fast all over Europe, which helps the market and the infrastructure to develop further.
“We believe that the timing is right for the expansion as customer demand is rapidly increasing with the emission targets set by the countries. Transport emissions play a major role in most companies’ value chains and consumers demand more sustainable products and services. LNG and biomethane provide a great opportunity to answer to this demand. Several governmental support schemes are set to boost the availability and demand of LNG and biomethane in the Nordics,” said Jukka Metsälä, Vice President, Biogas, from Gasum.
To achieve the ambitious climate goals in transport sector, reducing the amount of emissions from heavy-duty vehicles is one of the key aspects, as the emissions released by one truck equals the amount released by tens of passenger vehicles. Several vehicle manufacturers such as Iveco, Scania and Volvo Trucks, among others, already offer modern LNG powered trucks.