CNG Fuels has opened its 10th HGV refuelling station in the UK as it sees demand for the fuel skyrocketing.
The company says the number of bio-CNG vehicles has doubled in the past year alone, with Aldi being the latest major brand to start using the fuel.
CNG Fuels says the new refuelling station, in Castleford, means it now has the capacity to refuel 5,000 HGVs across the UK daily, which it says saves up to 1,600 tonnes of CO2 every day when compared to diesel.
Philip Fjeld, CEO of CNG Fuels, said: “Fleet operators around the world are urgently seeking ways to cut emissions from their fleets.
“In the UK, fleet operators can do so today by adopting biomethane.
“Our fast-growing network of refuelling infrastructure has made biomethane more accessible than ever before, and fleets – ranging from local hauliers through to major household brands – are dramatically cutting emissions every day.
“Our newest station in Castleford is building on our existing network, enabling low carbon deliveries all the way from Inverness to Cornwall.”
The new station, in the Normanton Industrial Estate, can refuel up to 500 HGVs per day. CNG Fuels says renewable biomethane, derived from food waste and manure by CNG Fuels, is the lowest carbon, most cost-effective alternative fuel to diesel available to HGVs today, cutting emissions by more than 90% while providing up to a 40% lifetime fuel cost saving.
CNG Fuels says demand for the fuel from fleet operators is growing at around 100% per annum, and the company expects demand to continue to accelerate, with around 10% of the UK’s high-mileage HGV fleet expected to run on bio-CNG by 2025.
The company plans to have 20 large public access stations in operation by the end of next year, with sites in Newton Aycliffe and Corby entering the construction phase at the end of last month (July).
Last year the company announced plans to host hydrogen fuel trials across its sites to ensure stations are ready to support a multi-fuel future as different technologies develop and become commercially viable.
The first hydrogen trials are due to begin this year and by 2025 CNG plans to allocate 100 acres of its land to public access hydrogen refuelling.