The energy group NGF Nature Energy A/S, headquartered in Odense, Denmark’s third largest city, has entered into an agreement with Audi, a brand and subsidiary of German car giant Volkswagen, to deliver green biogas certificates to approx. 10,000 Audi across Europe. Audi manufacturers natural gas powered ‘g-tron’ models A3, A4 and A5.
“We are extremely proud that we have reached an agreement with one of the world’s largest automakers. It is an endorsement of the strategic change we started in 2012, when we began to build large scale biogas plants. Today we are operating four large plants, building three new ones and planning 10 more plants in the future,” says Ole Hvelplund, CEO of Nature Energy.
Nature Energy produces biogas based on waste and manure. This means that the CO2 reduction is high – in fact more than 100 per cent, because biogas prevents methane emissions in agriculture while at the same time replacing fossil oil and gasoline when used in the car. This is one of the reasons why Audi has chosen to buy their biogas at Nature Energy.
The agreement with Audi runs from 2017 to 2019.
NGVs on European Roads
In Denmark, a number of municipalities use biogas for their city buses, refurbishment cars and cars in home care. Municipalities like Fredericia, Skive and Copenhagen have in recent years chosen to replace diesel and gasoline-powered vehicles with those powered by renewable natural gas. The same trend is seen in the rest of Europe.
“More and more are gaining sight of the benefits of using biogas for transport, and Denmark has a unique opportunity to become one of Europe’s leading biogas producers. Today there are more than 2 million gas cars in Europe, and by replacing gasoline and diesel with green biogas, we can seriously reduce CO2 emissions in the transport sector,” says CEO. Ole Hvelplund, Nature Energy.
“Audi AG in Germany focuses heavily on gas-powered cars and recently introduced the new Audi A5 in a gas-powered version – A5 g-tron. In Denmark, we are following developments closely, but whether gas-powered cars are also successful at home depends largely on the political framework and the further expansion of the distribution network,” says sales manager in Audi Denmark, Morten Troest.
Requirements from the EU mean that Denmark will reduce its CO2 emissions in the 2020-2030 period in transport sector by 39 percent compared with the level in 2005.
Danish Biogas Production
Nature Energy annually converts 140,000 tonnes of food waste and 1 million tons of slurry for CO2 neutral biogas. Overall, Nature Energy produces 45 million m3 biogas, making it Denmark’s largest producer. The total production of biogas in Denmark in 2016 was 191 million m3.
Source: Nature Energy