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Gasum and Scania inaugurate novel RNG refuelling station

Gasum and Scania inaugurate novel RNG refuelling station
On May 27, 2024, Gasum and Scania held an inauguration ceremony to mark the official opening of the Södertälje Syd renewable natural gas (RNG) refueling station. It was officiated by Christian Levin (speaking), CEO, Scania, and Traton; and Sharareh Edström, Head of Business Traffic Sweden, Gasum (photo courtesy Gasum).

In Sweden, Finland-headed energy company Gasum Oy, and Sweden-headed heavy-duty vehicle (HDV) and powertrain original equipment manufacturer (OEM) Scania AB have officially inaugurated a new gas filling station offering liquefied- and compressed biomethane aka renewable natural gas (RNG) in Södertälje Syd.

Located near the Södertälje Syd motorway junction in direct connection to Scania’s production plant, a partnership between Gasum and Scania enabled the new RNG filling station to be built at one of Sweden’s most active logistics hub where access to land can otherwise be a challenge.

Cementing the commitment of stakeholders within the transportation sector and fostering political interest, the inauguration showcased the urgent need for innovative, sustainable solutions, advocating the indispensable role of RNG as the linchpin in achieving nationwide emission reduction targets and facilitating a transition to a circular economy.

In order to reach our urgent climate targets, we need to halven emissions every decade. Biomethane is an important part of Scania’s broad sustainability offering, providing cost-efficient emission cuts, as well as several circular benefits and increased energy resilience. The Nordics have pioneered biomethane in transport. Together with our partners, we can offer complete waste-to-vehicle solutions, said Christian Levin, CEO of Scania and Traton.

Biogas and RNG key to Sweden’s energy transition

The pressing need to meet future climate regulations was a central theme during the inauguration ceremony.

There was a heavy emphasis on the role of RNG in attaining Sweden’s ambitious emission reduction targets for the transport sector, and how biogas could serve as a tool in the transition towards a circular economy.

To stay aligned with Sweden’s ambitious roadmap of achieving a 70 percent reduction in transport emissions by 2030, using 2010 as the baseline, innovative and sustainable solutions like biogas and RNG have to be leveraged.

Novel design

Replacing older filling stations in Järna and Älvsjö, the Södertälje Syd refueling station will provide greater capacity and reduced refueling time.

The unique design boasts two compressed gas (CNG) dispensers and two liquefied gas (LNG) dispensers, catering to heavy-duty transport and smaller vehicles, thereby supporting an inclusive green transport system.

This partnership with Scania is important as they are providing land for this project and continue to develop gas-powered trucks. It enables us to continue to expand and secure energy supply for sustainable solutions. This new station caters for not only the local transport and logistic needs but national and international transports as well, said Sharareh Edström, Head of Business Traffic Sweden at Gasum.

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