Renewable biomethane supplier CNG Fuels has launched its tenth low-carbon HGV refuelling station in Castleford today (17 August), as demand for the fuel continues to soar.

CNG Fuels said the addition of the new station - which can fuel up to 500 HGVs per day – gives the company the capacity to refuel 5,000 HGVs across the UK daily, saving up to 1,600 tonnes of CO2 every day, when compared to diesel.

The Castleford station joins nine others across the UK, including the world’s largest public access version in Avonmouth near Bristol.

CNG Fuels plans to have 20 large public access stations in operation by the end of 2023, with sites in Newton Aycliffe and Corby entering the construction phase at the end of July 2022.

The company said this latest station has been launched as demand for the fuel from fleet operators continues to rocket at around 100% per annum.

The company is forecasting that around 10% of the UK’s high-mileage HGV fleet will be running on Bio-CNG by 2025.

CNG Fuels’ customers include Royal Mail, Waitrose and Warburtons, with Aldi recently joining the ranks.

Philip Fjeld, CNG Fuels chief executive, said: “Fleet operators around the world are urgently seeking ways to cut emissions from their fleets.

“In the UK, fleet operators can do so today by adopting biomethane.

Our fast-growing network of refuelling infrastructure has made biomethane more accessible than ever before, and fleets – ranging from local hauliers through to major household brands – are dramatically cutting emissions every day.

“Our newest station in Castleford is building on our existing network, enabling low carbon deliveries all the way from Inverness to Cornwall.”

Liz Fox, Aldi UK national corporate responsibility director, welcomed the opening of CNG Fuels latest station this week.

She said: “Aldi is committed to reducing our carbon footprint, and adopting bio-CNG HGVs is another step forward in our plans to cut emissions from our UK fleets.

“CNG Fuels’ latest station in Castleford opens the door to major transport networks into the North East, and their growing network will only continue to extend the number of low carbon deliveries that we can make across the country every day.”

CNG Fuels is also set to launch hydrogen trails this year as part of plans to allocate 100 acres of its land to public access hydrogen refuelling.