World’s largest biomethane refuelling station opens near Bristol

CNG Fuels biomethane refuelling station

The world’s largest public access biomethane refuelling station has been opened at Avonmouth, near Bristol, by CNG Fuels, the UK’s leading provider of renewable biomethane for HGVs.

The site can refuel up to 80 HGVs per hour from 14 high-speed dispensers, is capable of cutting 70,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions every year, and will enable low-carbon deliveries across the South West and into Wales for the first time.

The station will support major brands already running HGV fleets on renewable biomethane, including Lidl, Royal Mail, Amazon and Warburtons, who have logistics centres nearby.

Renewable biomethane for HGVs cuts carbon emissions by up to 90 per cent and lifetime vehicle costs by between 30 and 40 per cent compared to diesel.

The station is the latest of eight renewable biomethane refuelling stations owned by CNG Fuels. The firm aims 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 company has also announced plans to host hydrogen fuel trials across its expanding UK-wide network to ensure stations are already to support a multi-fuel future as different technologies develop and become commercially viable.

The first hydrogen trails are due to begin this year and by 2025, CNG Fuels plans to allocate 100 acres of its land to public access hydrogen refuelling.

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

Philip Fjeld, CEO 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 HGV’s, we expect the pace of demand to continue.

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.”