Nordic gas sector and energy market expert, Gasum, has opened the first gas filling station for long haul transportation in Norrland, in Östersund.
The new station, now Sweden’s most northern, serves both heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) and passenger cars offering liquefied natural gas (LNG) and liquefied biogas (LBG) as well as compressed natural gas (CNG), Gasum said.
By expanding the filling station network in Sweden, Gasum is enabling gas-fuelled long-distance transport from the southern regions of the country to the north.
Heavy-duty transport plays a key role in the Nordic logistics system. However, as transport volumes are growing, so are the emissions produced by the sector. Heavy-duty transport currently accounts for up to 30 percent of Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions from road transport.
According to new emission standards passed by the EU earlier this year, greenhouse gas emissions from heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) are to be reduced by 30 percent by 2030. The national target in Sweden is to reduce road transport emissions by 70 percent by 2030, as compared to 2010 levels.
At the moment, Gasum is investing in expanding its gas filling station network in the Nordics. By the early 2020s, the company is aiming to create a network of 50 new HDV gas filling stations in Finland, Sweden and Norway.
In addition to the new station in Östersund, the stations that are already operational in Sweden can be found in Västerås, Norrköping, Örebro, Jönköping and Karlstad.