Gasum’s first filling station with liquefied natural gas and biogas in Sweden was opened today, May 20th . The number of filling stations is now set to greatly increase in Sweden in the coming year.
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Alternative fuels are becoming more popular in Sweden and Europe as carbon dioxide emissions need to be reduced. Several fuel companies, including Gasum, are investing in liquefied natural gas and biogas and are planning to build many stations in the near future. The station opened today is Gasum’s next step towards the 50 stations the company has planned in the Nordic countries. The company currently has four filling stations for heavy-duty vehicles in Finland.
The filling station with liquefied natural gas and biogas opened in Västerås on Monday is the first of its kind in Västmanland County, Sweden. The station has been identified as an environmentally sustainable investment and has therefore been partially financed through the government’s Klimatklivet (climate investment program).
“The investment in a station here in Västerås will contribute to an increased energy supply and thereby benefit the local economy. At the same time, it contributes to sustainable transportations in the county,” said Minoo Akhtarzand, County Governor of Västmanland.
Gasum, based in Finland, is one of the biggest producers of biogas in the Nordic countries and already owns a biogas production facility in Västerås together with local farmers.
“Now when the station is opened in Västerås, we can help the local haulage companies improve their competitiveness through lowering their fuel costs while reducing their emissions of carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide and small particles,” continued Mikael.
Earlier this year, the European Union (EU) presented new emission reduction standards. According to the new regulations, carbon dioxide emissions from heavy-duty vehicles are to be reduced by 30 percent by 2030.