Waitrose, John Lewis, Argos and Brit European sign for biomethane 01 December 2016

Retailers Waitrose, John Lewis and Argos, along with haulage firm Brit European, are among the first to sign up for biomethane for their dedicated gas and dual-fuel trunking artic fleets.

Gas supplier CNG Fuels today (1 December 2016) announced the availability of its renewable fuel, which is sourced from food waste and approved under the DfT’s Renewable Transport Fuels’ Obligation (RTFO) scheme.

CNG Fuels chief executive Philip Fjeld says the company is now sourcing its entire gas supply from biomethane.

He explains that the gas is injected directly into gas pipelines and compressed at CNG Fuels’ own high-capacity refueling stations in Leyland and Crewe.

“Renewable and sustainably sourced biomethane is the most cost-effective and lowest-carbon alternative to diesel for HGVs, and is attracting increasing interest,” states Fjeld.

“We are expanding our refuelling infrastructure nationwide to help fleet operators save money, cut carbon and clean up our air,” he continues.

“We are proud to be the first company in the UK to offer its customers RTFO-approved biomethane, and are pleased to be able to do so at the same price as fossil fuel gas.”

CNG Fuels’ biomethane is independently verified as renewable and sustainable in order to qualify for the RTFO certificates.

CNG Fuels is now developing what it describes as “a nationwide network” of refuelling stations on “major trunking routes” fed by the high-pressure gas grid.

It says it will also build ‘daughter’ CNG fuel stations in operator depots within 100 miles of its ‘mother’ stations, with the gas delivered by trailer at a similar price per kilo.

Low processing, transportation and electricity charges make CNG a low-cost, clean fuel.

Including fuel duty, biomethane retails at 65p/kg before VAT (49p/litre for diesel), with lower prices for bulk purchases.

CNG Fuels says winners will be operators of high-mileage HGVs, who stand to make the biggest financial savings and carbon impact.

Brian Tinham

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