August 25, 2020. Six new biogas buses will be introduced in public transport in Hämeenlinna, Finland. The new Vekka Group buses will help reduce the city’s public transport emissions by almost 500 tons per year. The buses support the City of Hämeenlinna objective of increasing the use of sustainable transport and alternative fuels.

The six new biogas-powered buses of Vekka Group Oy will start service in Hämeenlinna at the end of August 2020. Supplied by Scania Finland, the buses will operate in the city’s public transport services 1, 3 and 11, the contract for which was awarded to the Vekka Group in competitive tendering last year.

The biogas buses now taken into use will cover more than 500,000 km each year. Using biogas as their fuel will help cut their annual carbon dioxide emissions by almost 500 tons. In terms of kilometers driven by, for example, a diesel-fueled estate car, this equates 1,100 times all the way up and down Finland from Hanko to Utsjoki and back.

The transport use of biogas can help reduce fuel lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90%. In addition, biogas use only generates a fraction of local emissions such as nitrogen oxide and fine particulate emissions compared with conventional fuels. It is also important to note that using gas vehicles enables compliance with the EU Clean Vehicles Directive in public transport.

Low-emission biogas is produced at Gasum biogas plants in accordance with circular-economy principles from biodegradable waste such as household biowaste, food waste from grocery stores and municipal sewage sludge.