March 25, 2021. CNG Fuels has started building Scotland’s first public access renewable biomethane heavy duty vehicle (HGV) refueling station, which will allow fleet operators to run their vehicles on low-carbon fuel, support net zero plans and save money.
The station near Glasgow will refuel up to 450 lorries a day when it opens in November, enabling HGVs to make low-carbon deliveries across most of Scotland. Most of England and Wales is already within a 300-mile round trip of a biomethane filling station and the new facility will put Inverness and Aberdeen within this range.
Warburtons, the United Kingdom’s largest bakery brand, is the latest major name to announce it is adopting biomethane, following companies such as Hermes, John Lewis, Waitrose and Asda. Renewable biomethane, is the lowest carbon, most cost-effective alternative to diesel for HGVs — it is 35%-40% cheaper and cuts vehicle greenhouse gas emissions by up to 85%. From next year CNG Fuels will dispense fully carbon neutral fuel by sourcing biomethane from manure.
Philip Fjeld, CEO of CNG Fuels, said: “Fleet operators keen to cut carbon and save money are switching to biomethane in droves, and our first station in Scotland will play a vital part in our network, allowing gas trucks to make deliveries throughout Britain. Biomethane can play a key role in helping the country meet its net zero targets and it is fitting that the station will open just as Glasgow hosts the UN Climate Summit.”
HGVs account for 4.5% of total UK greenhouse gases – and 4.8% in Scotland – so decarbonising the sector is essential to meet the UK’s goal of achieving Net Zero emissions by 2050.