CNG Fuels announced last year that it would launch its renewable biomethane fuel for heavy goods vehicles. This cost-effective and low-carbon alternative to diesel could present a key solution for a sector inherently producing large amounts of carbon due to its operation. Renewable biomethane fuel would cut costs and carbon emissions, effectively tackling two challenges facing the sector.
Renewable biomethane fuel can be used as a gas to power vehicles in the form of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) (which is essentially methane stored at high pressure). This is an alternative type of fuel that offers a renewable solution over petrol or diesel. CNG produces fewer “bad” gases when compared to traditional forms of fossil-based fuels and propane/LPG alternatives.
Major brands are already using renewable biomethane fuel in their long-distance transport operations including Argos, John Lewis, Brit European and supermarket chain Waitrose, John Lewis. Derived from food waste, renewable biomethane fuel can be sourced above oil deposits, or, when collected from food waste, sourced from wasterwater treatment plants and landfills where it is recognised as biogas. In its CNG form the fuel is approved as renewable and sustainable under the Department for Transport’s Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) scheme.
What Is Renewable Biomethane Fuel?
CNG biomethane is considered the cleanest and most cost-efficient alternative to diesel. It is 35-40% cheaper than diesel for fleet operators and offers a 70% reduction in carbon emissions, on a well-to-wheel basis (the lifetime carbon footprint of the gas from source to its use in the vehicle) when sourced from a waste feedstock.
From well-to-wheel, evidence shows it can be as much as 40% cheaper than diesel whie emitting 70% less harmful carbon emissions. It is little wonder why retailers such as Argos and Waitrose have started using CNH because of its capacity to reduce costs and enhance green strategy commitments.
CNG Fuels gets its renewable biomethane via gas pipelines from which it compresses it into fuel at refuelling stations owned and operated by the company. Philip Fjeld, CEO of CNG Fuels, said: “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 refuelling 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 pleased to be able to do so at the same price as fossil fuel gas.”
It’s target market for the renewable biomethane fuel solution is HGV operators with high mileage. These are the clients who will derive the most benefit. Its customers’ vehicles typically travel 125,000 miles a year and CNG Fuels expects HGVs doing this mileage will find fuel savings can repay the extra cost within three years.
Operating the UK’s two highest capacity CNG stations (in Leyland, Lancashire, and Crewe, Cheshire), Solihull-based CNG Fuels is the UK’s only dedicated provider of total solution, public access CNG refuelling.