Sweden: More biogas is necessary for fossil-free transportation
By 2030, Sweden can phase out natural gas in transportation and replace it with 100% biogas.
It was said by the representatives from E.ON Gas, AGA Gas, Vehicle Sweden, Swedish Biogas and Energigas Sweden.
Biogas is a unique, environmentally friendly fuel. Waste streams and residues from households, restaurants, agriculture and forestry will be a valuable resource for biogas production. The biogas will contribute not only to reducing climate impact, but also for closing the cycle, while air pollution and eutrophication decrease. Many environmental problems are tackled at the same time – efficiently and environmentally friendly.
Sweden has a unique position when it comes to biogas. No other country in the world uses as much biogas in road transport as Sweden does. Over half of the produced biogas is upgraded to biomethane. And over half of the gas vehicles gas are fuelled by biogas and the rest by natural gas. We have come a long way in the last 20 years. But we are not satisfied. By 2030, we want the industry to phase out natural gas in gas vehicles and go 100% biogas. Hence the need for more biogas to achieve the goal of fossil-free transportation. Sweden is a green pioneer today in biogas and CNG, for both light and heavy transport.
The following policies are required for that:
- Ambitious 2030 targets for climate friendly transport fuels: focus on replacing petrol and diesel
- Tax exemption for biogas together with reduction of the lower taxable benefit for gas vehicles – to secure the development reached so far
- Strict definition for environmentally friendly cars to promote clean fuels with low emissions – for reduced climate impact and cleaner air
- EU prioritises gas infrastructure – to promote biogas (biomethane) and contribution to fossil free transport sector