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CNG Fuels launches renewable biomethane in UK; heavy-duty fleet operators committing to use

In the UK, CNG Fuels launched its renewable biomethane fuel, the most cost-effective and lowest-carbon alternative to diesel for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs). The fuel is 35%-40% cheaper than diesel, and emits 70% less CO2 on a well-to-wheel basis. It therefore offers fleet operators the chance to significantly reduce running costs and emissions. Retailers Waitrose, John Lewis and Argos, as well as hauler Brit European, have already committed to using the new biomethane fuel for their long-distance articulated trucks.

CNG Fuels is the UK’s leading supplier of CNG (compressed natural gas) fuel, and it is now sourcing its entire supply from biomethane. The biomethane is made from the gas harvested through the processing of waste generated by food production, which is then injected directly into gas pipelines. The gas is subsequently compressed at CNG Fuels’ own high-capacity refueling stations in Leyland (Lancashire) and Crewe (Cheshire).

The biomethane is independently verified as renewable and sustainable, and approved under the Department for Transport’s Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) scheme.

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The gas qualifies under the initiative, generating Renewable Transport Fuel Certificates (RTFCs), as it originates from anaerobic digestion plants (waste treatment facilities that break down organic matter) which are not supported by the Renewable Heat Incentive or other subsidy schemes. CNG Fuels’ customers will be issued with documentation stating that they have purchased sustainable, renewable fuel, and setting out its carbon content.

CNG Fuels is developing a nationwide network of refueling stations on major trunking routes fed by the high-pressure gas grid. Low processing, transportation and electricity charges make CNG a low-cost, clean solution.

The Solihull-based company is also developing daughter stations in customer depots within 100 miles of its mother stations, and will deliver gas by trailer at a similar price per kilo. Including fuel duty, biomethane CNG retails at 65p/kg (US$0.83/kg) before VAT—the equivalent of 49p/liter ($0.62/liter, or $2.35/gallon US) for diesel—and prices are even lower for bulk purchases.

CNG Fuels is targeting operators of high-mileage HGVs, who stand to make the biggest financial savings and carbon impact. Its customers’ vehicles travel an average of 125,000 miles every year, and CNG-powered trucks are more expensive than those that use diesel.

However, for HGVs covering this mileage, fuel savings can recoup the extra cost within around two to three years. Furthermore, CNG fuel-powered engines meet the latest Euro 6 emissions standards, and are up to 50% quieter than diesel engine.

Renewable and sustainably sourced biomethane is the most cost-effective and lowest-carbon alternative to diesel for HGVs, and is attracting increasing interest. We are expanding our refueling infrastructure nationwide to help fleet operators save money, cut carbon and clean up our air. We are proud to be the first company in the UK to offer its customers RTFO-approved biomethane, and are pleased to be able to do so at the same price as fossil fuel gas.

—Philip Fjeld, CEO of CNG Fuels

Comments

SJC

America has plenty of feed lots and straw stubble to run many digesters. All the farm equipment could run on it reducing imported oil.

ai_vin

Our local natural gas company is already offering biomethane to it's customers; https://www.fortisbc.com/NaturalGas/RenewableNaturalGas/Pages/default.aspx

ai_vin

I would just need a home compressor to use it in my car. . . and a car or truck that ran on CNG of course.

mahonj

A question:

is it better to put biomethane into the gas grid, or go to the trouble and expense of processing it separately and selling it to people who "care about the environment" (or who feel that their customers care).
Either way, the amount of fossil methane is displaced.

SJC

You have to clean it up much like landfill gas, but methane is fungible in the sense that it can be put into the pipelines then users can have renewable contracts.

Bobcom52

While this can't scale up very far it is another small step in reducing our polluting. Good work!

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