Gasum has opened a gas filling station in Lommila, Espoo, at the IKEA department store. At the new refueling station, pressurized biogas (biomethane) and natural gas fuel are available for cars, distribution vehicles, garbage trucks and buses. This gas station is the world’s first gas filling station opened in conjunction with an IKEA store.
The cooperation between Gasum and IKEA Finland is resulting in the production of biogas from food waste generated in all of Finland’s IKEA restaurants. In addition, the cooperation aims to increase the distribution of environmentally road fuel gas to serve the needs of consumers and enterprises alike. The Finnish IKEA stores are the first IKEA units at which gas filling stations are introduced.
Biogas is a pure and 100% renewable domestic fuel produced from biodegradable raw materials such as biodegradable waste from homes, shops and industry. It is the only traffic fuel sold in Finland that has been awarded both the Nordic Swan Label and the Avainlippu Ticket.
The Lommila gas filling station is located at Espoontie 21, Lommila. It is nearby National Highway (Valtatie) 1 which runs between the major cities of Helsinki and Turku in southern Finland. This road is also part of the European route E18.
The demand for renewable natural gas (RNG) as a road fuel is growing rapidly. In 2017, the number of gas vehicles registered in Finland was around three times greater than the year before. Before 2017, there were fewer than 2,000 gas cars on Finland’s roads, while the current figure is already around 3,500. In transport use, biogas helps reduce the fuel’s lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions by up to 85%. Therefore biogas produced in Finland is an easy and inexpensive way to cut carbon dioxide and fine particulate emissions from transport.
The number of gas vehicles is increasing in all vehicle categories. Volvo, Iveco and Scania presented their new gas-fueled tractor unit models recently, and the new gas bus models have also attracted plenty of interest. In addition, several companies have increased the number of gas-fueled vehicles in their distribution and waste logistics fleets. Finland’s best-selling car models are already available as gas versions, which is increasing consumer interest in the gas option.
Gasum is promoting cleaner transport by expanding the biogas and natural gas filling station network. The company is planning to open a total of 35 new filling stations in the next few years, with seven of these already open. At the moment, new gas filling stations are being planned for locations including the Helsinki Metropolitan Area, Turku, Oulu, Lahti, Seinäjoki and Kuopio.
“Biogas is anticipated to play an important role in the transport energy solutions of the future. The State has promoted the transport use of biogas significantly through measures such as the energy key project support. Capacities for using gas as a vehicle fuel can be improved by increasing the production of gas and expanding the filling station network,” says the Finnish Minister of Agriculture and the Environment, Kimmo Tiilikainen.
“Our primary approach is to reduce food wastage at IKEA restaurants, but this enables the recovery of any minor amounts of food waste that are still generated. Cooperation with Gasum provides us with yet another way of creating a better everyday life in Finland,” says IKEA Finland’s Sustainability Manager, Tiina Suvantofrom.
Circular economy providing cleaner solutions for enterprises
Utilizing food waste from IKEA restaurants as feedstock in biogas production and the gas filling stations constructed in conjunction with IKEA stores are an example of the circular economy becoming part of consumers’ lives and opening up new opportunities for businesses for cleaner operations. The new gas filling stations enable the future use of environmentally friendly biogas in IKEA Finland’s operations and to fuel IKEA buses and vehicles of IKEA’s transport partners and employees.
”It’s excellent that the first IKEA store gas filling station is now open in Finland. This increases the opportunities to fill up on 100% Finnish biogas and clean gas. At the same time, IKEA is able to utilize food waste from its restaurants in energy production and gets to increase the use of road fuel gas in its logistics,” says Gasum Vice President for Biogas, Jukka Metsälä.
Gas is a convenient way for enterprises to reduce transport emissions, and the selection of gas vehicles available is increasing all the time.
At the moment there are almost 40 gas filling stations in Finland, with 26 of these operated by Gasum.