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World’s largest biomethane refuelling station opens in Avonmouth

World's largest biomethane refuelling station opens in Avonmouth, Bristol, to support major brands reach net zero targets and cut costs.

CNG Fuels, the UK’s leading provider of renewable biomethane for HGVs, has unveiled the world’s largest public access biomethane refuelling station in Avonmouth, near Bristol. 

The firm says the site will meet the growing demand from major brands to cut emissions from haulage and save money, while also supporting the decarbonisation of the UK’s road haulage sector – which is responsible for 18% of the UK’s road transport emissions.

Located in the heart of Avonmouth, near the M4/M5 junction, the site is capable of refuelling 80 HGVs per hour from 14 high-speed dispensers, making it the largest public access biomethane refuelling station in the world. 

When fully utilised, the station will cut 70,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year by taking diesel HGVs off the road. 

Brands under pressure to cut emissions from fleets

Philip Fjeld, the chief executive of CNG Fuels, said: “Brands across the country are under more and more pressure to cut emissions from fleets and renewable biomethane is the only commercially viable solution on the market today. 

“We are continuing to see high increases in demand and with the recent news of the 2040 ban on new diesel HGVs, we expect the pace of demand to continue.”

He added: “We are rapidly expanding our nationwide network of refuelling stations, ensuring sites are strategically located across major trucking routes to make them as accessible as possible. 

“The new site in Avonmouth is in a key location for many of our customers, allowing them to expand the reach of their low carbon deliveries into the South West and Wales. 

“In addition to our expanding network, we are also preparing for a multiple fuel future to ensure that when new technologies emerge, the infrastructure will already be in place to cater to demand.”

Renewable biomethane refuelling stations

The Avonmouth site is part of CNG Fuels’ nationwide network of eight renewable biomethane refuelling stations which covers the length and breadth of the country, enabling low carbon deliveries from Inverness all the way down to Cornwall.

The company says it is aiming to build 12 additional stations each year to cater for growing demand.

Demand for renewable biomethane has increased by 1,000% over the last five years as brands across the country urgently seek to cut haulage emissions in line with the UK’s net zero strategy. 

The demand is predicted to increase five-fold over the next five years as the UK’s 2040 ban on the sale of new diesel HGVs approaches.

The new station is closely situated to existing customers, such as Royal Mail, Warburtons and Amazon, helping major household brands to slash haulage emissions and align with their net zero targets. 

Renewable and sustainable biomethane

The fuel supplied by CNG is renewable and sustainable biomethane, sourced from food waste and approved under the Department for Transport’s Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) scheme. 

Renewable biomethane is the lowest carbon and most cost-effective alternative to diesel for HGVs, cutting greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90% and reducing lifetime vehicle costs by 30%-40%.

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