May 11, 2021. CNG Fuels will open the world’s largest public access biomethane refueling station for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) by the end of the year near Bristol, which will allow fleet operators to run their vehicles on low-carbon fuel, support net zero plans and save money.
Construction has begun on the Avonmouth station, near the M4/M5 junction, and will serve the busiest freight routes in the United Kingdom. It will be capable of refueling 80 HGVs an hour from 14 high speed dispensers and joins six existing filling stations already operational across the UK, enabling fleet operators to deploy low-carbon deliveries from Inverness all the way down to Cornwall.
CNG Fuels expects to open a further 14 stations by the end of 2022 in response to growing demand from household brands. Major brands that will use the station in Avonmouth to significantly reduce transport emissions include Warburtons, Farm Foods, Hermes and regional water utility company, Wessex Water.
100% of the fuel supplied by CNG Fuels is renewable and sustainable biomethane, approved under the Department for Transport’s Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) scheme. Renewable biomethane is the lowest carbon, most cost-effective alternative to diesel for HGVs – it is 35%-40% cheaper and cuts greenhouse gas emissions by 85 – 90%. From next year, CNG Fuels will dispense fully carbon neutral fuel by sourcing biomethane from manure. The gas is currently sourced from waste feedstocks, such as food waste.
HGVs account for 4.2% of UK carbon emissions, so decarbonizing the sector is essential to meet the UK’s goal of achieving net zero by 2050. Demand for the fuel from fleet operators is already growing at around 100% per annum, with CNG Fuels forecasting this will continue to accelerate, and that by 2025 around 10% of the UK’s high-mileage HGV fleet will be running on Bio-CNG.