CNG Fuels is to open a new low-carbon HGV refuelling station in Newark, Nottinghamshire.

The station’s launch comes as demand for renewable biomethane is growing at a rate of 100% per annum, according to the company. CNG Fuels is predicting that almost 20% of the UK’s high-mileage HGV fleet will be running on Bio-CNG by 2025.

The Newark station is the latest addition to CNG Fuels’ network of refuelling stations. The company already operates six stations across the UK and plans to open a further 12 to 14 stations by the end of 2022.

The new station is the first to serve the North East region, as well as putting Lincoln and Sheffield within its range and passing fleets using the A1 north and south.

It is capable of refuelling up to 500 vehicles per day, making it one of the biggest stations in the UK with a capacity to cut between 100,000-120,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions each year, if fully utilised.

Research shows that renewable biomethane is currently the lowest carbon alternative fuel to diesel for HGVs, cutting emissions by 85-90%, while being 45% cheaper than diesel.

Philip Fjeld, chief executive of CNG Fuels, said: “Fleets around the country can already make the switch to cleaner and cheaper fuel by adopting biomethane, and our growing network of refuelling stations is making biomethane more accessible than ever before.

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“Our new station in Newark will allow fleets in the region to support the local decarbonisation agenda and significantly cut both emissions and costs ahead of the UK’s net zero target.”

Yorkshire-based logistics company, Campeys of Selby, will benefit from the new biomethane refuelling station. The company is taking delivery of 11 CNG trucks as part of their move towards low carbon transport.

Harry Campey, transport manager of Campeys of Selby, said: “Switching from diesel to biomethane was a no-brainer for us – we’re dramatically reducing the environmental impact of our fleet and saving thousands of pounds in fuel costs in the process.

“CNG-Fuels’ station in Newark opens the door for even greater adoption in the region, as we continue to work towards hitting our local and national net zero targets.”

CNG Fuels is currently securing supplies of biomethane derived from manure to create a fuel that will be net zero emissions on a well-to-wheel basis. It expects to begin offering carbon neutral biomethane across all sites from next year at the same price as the renewable biomethane fuel it currently supplies.

Manure gives off methane, a greenhouse gas 28 times more powerful than carbon dioxide. Using methane as an HGV fuel prevents it from going into the atmosphere and reduces overall emissions. The EU’s revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) recognises biomethane from manure as a carbon negative fuel, and the UK is expected to adopt the same rules in 2022.

CNG Fuels is also consulting on how its network of stations can accommodate battery electric and low-carbon hydrogen powered HGVs in the future. The Committee on Climate Change expects battery electric or hydrogen-powered HGVs to play a major role in decarbonising freight transport from 2030 onwards.