Last reviewed 9 April 2021

The UK’s leading supplier of gas to the road transport sector has doubled the sales of biomethane across its commercial vehicle refuelling network in the first quarter of 2021, compared to the same period in 2020.

This continues what Gasrec calls a huge spike in demand for gas over the past two years, with the company now supplying nearly seven times more biomethane to the road transport sector than at the start of 2019.

Chief Commercial Officer James Westcott said: “Demand is growing by the day, as more operators transition to running on cleaner and lower cost biomethane. The net result is we are seeing some very big fleets ditching diesel altogether and only investing in gas trucks when replacing or adding assets.”

While there has been a steady increase in demand for Bio-CNG (compressed natural gas), Bio-LNG (liquified natural gas) has also seen considerable growth – due largely to its suitability for long-haul work and the 6×2 tractor unit market.

Sales of Bio-LNG from Gasrec’s 24/7 site at the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal grew by more than 250% in the last 12 months.

“There is little doubt that right now biomethane offers the best route forward when it comes to cutting tailpipe emissions for long-haul operations and will continue to do so for a significant time yet,” Mr Westcott said.

He pointed out that, in comparison with Euro-6 diesel, a typical 6×2 truck operating on long-haul work and running on Bio-LNG emits around 90% less NO2 emissions, 99% less particulate matter and 95% less CO2.

Gas trucks are also significantly quieter than those powered by diesel, cutting noise by around half.