Finnish gas and energy company Gasum Oy has recently announced that it is building the first gas filling station in the city of Järvenpää, in the Boogie business district. The new gas filling station will enjoy an excellent location at a traffic hub and will strengthen Gasum’s network of stations, especially in Central Uusimaa.
Located about 40 km north of the Finnish capital Helsinki, the City of Järvenpää is striving for carbon neutrality by 2035 as part of the Resource Wisdom Järvenpää project, and the new gas filling station, expected to be opened by the end of 2020, will contribute to promoting this objective.
Gasum is further strengthening its gas filling station network in Southern Finland by building a filling station in the Boogie business district of Järvenpää. Järvenpää’s position as an important logistics cluster in Central Uusimaa and in the proximity of the Lahti motorway swayed the choice of filling station location.
The new filling station will particularly support commuter traffic heading towards the Helsinki Metropolitan Area and Lahti. The project is being co-financed by the Connecting Europe Facility of the EU.
The station in Järvenpää will be excellently located and has clearly been one of the most anticipated. It’s good news that the station will, at last, become a reality. The station will provide a diverse range of services for passing traffic and will be a good addition to our existing network of stations in the neighboring areas of Hyvinkää, Riihimäki, and Porvoo. We believe the station will also attract heavier-duty delivery vehicle transport, commented Olli Paasio, Director, Traffic Finland at Gasum.
Dual fuel station for motorists and commercial vehicles
The new filling station will enable drivers to fill up with compressed natural gas (CNG) and compressed biogas (CBG) – biogas that has been cleaned and upgraded into biomethane aka renewable natural gas (RNG) – which is equally suitable for passenger cars and light transport fleets, such as delivery and refuse collection vehicles. As a traffic fuel, gas is easy to use, low emission, and cost-effective.
The filling station will enable increasingly more residents of Järvenpää as well as visitors to Järvenpää and businesses to choose more environment-friendly vehicles. Recent years have seen rapid growth in the popularity of gas cars in Finland, where the number of gas-fueled vehicles almost doubled in 2019.
Construction planning for the project is currently underway and the station is expected to open by the end of 2020.
Supports Järvenpää’s environmental objectives
At the end of 2019, Järvenpää City Council adopted the Resource Wisdom Järvenpää road map, which aims to make Järvenpää carbon neutral by 2035 and a city of no-waste and sustainable consumption by 2050. Making low-emission fuels available in Järvenpää is an excellent way to promote these objectives.
Resource Wisdom means promoting people’s wellbeing while reducing harmful environmental impacts. If these ambitious objectives are to be achieved, active work will be required to improve and establish ways of working. The City of Järvenpää seeks to create opportunities for low-emission mobility for residents and actors in the area. Biogas is an important addition to the ways in which everyday choices can reduce emissions in Järvenpää, said Olli Keto-Tokoi, Director of Economic Affairs at the City of Järvenpää.
According to Gasum, the use of environment-friendly biogas in traffic can help to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions originating over the lifecycle of the fuel by up to 85 percent compared to the use of diesel, for example. Biogas is produced from biowaste from households, food waste from retail outlets, and municipal sewage sludge among other things in line with circular economy principles.
Cost-effective natural gas can help to reduce GHG emissions originating in traffic by up to 20 percent over the lifecycle of the fuel.
We’re delighted that a site for a gas filling station was found in a business district alongside the main approach road to Järvenpää. Gasum is an excellent example of a company that supports Järvenpää’s Resource Wisdom objectives through its actions, said Susanna Aramo, Business Service Manager at the City of Järvenpää.