CNG Fuels, a leading supplier of renewable biomethane fuel, has revealed plans to become the UK’s first supplier of 100% carbon-neutral fuel for HGVs.

The company, which currently sources biomethane from food waste, is actively looking at manure as an alternative source, with a view to offering the new fuel at the same price as its current product from 2021.

It is also consulting on how to accommodate low-carbon hydrogen and battery-electric technologies across its UK-wide network of refuelling stations, in preparation for the two becoming commercially viable in years to come.

A carbon-free future?

Methane, the greenhouse gas produced by manure, is 28 times more powerful than carbon dioxide. Using it as a fuel will prevent it entering the atmosphere and help the UK government towards its ambitious target of reducing carbon emissions to net zero by 2050.

Philip Fjeld, chief executive of CNG Fuels, said:  “We want to help decarbonise freight transport and enable fleet operators to meet Net Zero targets now, supporting the UK’s climate targets.

Renewable biomethane sourced from manure is currently the best low-carbon solution for HGVs, but we want to be ready to support our customers when other technologies are commercially viable for freight transport.”

Andy Eastlake, managing director of the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP), added: “With all the focus on electrification, the low carbon combustion fuels might be overlooked. But it is vital to remember that Net Zero can be delivered in a number of ways.

“The LowCVP welcome genuinely zero (or even negative) carbon solutions which exist here and now and we must accelerate the uptake of these fuel solutions, particularly in the more challenging operations such as heavy road vehicles where they can best displace fossil diesel.”

CNG currently supplies its Bio-CNG (compressed natural gas) fuel to a number of companies including John Lewis, ASDA, Herme and Argos. The fuel can cut greenhouse gas emissions by up to 85% and is typically 35 – 45% cheaper than Diesel.

John Lewis has pledged to replace its fleet of 500-strong fleet of HGVs with CNG vehicles by 2028, while Hermes is planning to replace its own 200-strong fleet.

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