CNG Fuels, a supplier of renewable biomethane for HGVs, has opened Scotland’s first public access biomethane refuelling station, with the aim of meeting growing demand from UK brands to decarbonise haulage emissions and save money.
The new station, located at the Eurocentral industrial estate off the M8 between Edinburgh and Glasgow, puts Inverness and Aberdeen within range of CNG Fuels’ low carbon refuelling network for the first time.
The site can refuel up to 450 lorries per day with renewable and sustainable biomethane sourced from food waste, cutting carbon emissions by 90% and reducing lifetime vehicle cost by 30%-40% compared to diesel.
Waitrose, Hermes and Warburtons have already switched from diesel to renewable biomethane to cut haulage emissions.
HGVs account for 16% of UK transport emissions, and 4.8% of total greenhouse gas emissions in Scotland, making it a key sector to decarbonise. The new station will cut 70,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year when fully utilised.
Philip Fjeld, CEO of CNG Fuels, said: “Glasgow and Scotland were at the centre of the world debate on climate change during COP26, injecting urgency into the global push to tackle the climate crisis. Our new station, just outside Glasgow, is an example of real-world action on climate, unlocking low carbon deliveries across the busiest transport routes in Scotland and supporting the country to meet its emissions reduction targets.
“Renewable biomethane is the cleanest, most cost-effective solution for HGVs available today. Our growing network of refuelling stations gives fleets across the country the confidence to significantly cut emissions from transport, today.”
The Bellshill station is the latest in CNG Fuels’ UK-wide strategic network of refuelling stations which puts most of the UK within a 300-mile round trip of a refuelling site. Seven stations are operational with plans to open up to 14 more by 2023, including the world’s largest in Avonmouth near Bristol, by the end of 2022.