Sweden: 73% of biomethane used in Swedish CNG vehicles

The proportion of biomethane in the Swedish vehicle gas fleet has reached an unprecedented record high in the first six months of 2015. 

Official Swedish statistics for the first six months of 2015 show that the proportion of biomethane in gas vehicles gas is now 73%, a historically high level. The biomethane percentage has risen in recent years, from around 60%. “The high proportion of bio methane makes Sweden a pioneer and shows that the green transition is fully possible”, says Anders Mathiasson, managing director at the Swedish Gas Association.

In this year’s first semester, about 80 million standard cubic meters of vehicle gas was sold, showing a slight increase compared to the first half of 2014. This figure corresponds to more than 800 GWh or 61,000 tons of compressed natural gas. This are particularly positive news, as more biomethane used as fuel means more reduction of carbon dioxide emissions.

In the last 15 years, the Swedish market for vehicle gas has grown steadily. The number of CNG vehicles in the country is now over 52,000. The market for gas-powered buses and heavy trucks is of particular interest right now, as well as several new gas car models recently launched by Volvo, among others.
Statistics on the number of CNG vehicles, sold vehicle gas and gas filling stations from 1995 onwards are available in Swedish here.

Source: Energigas Sverige (Swedish Gas Association)