Finnish bus company Helsingin Bussiliikenne Oy (HelB) will use 100% domestically produced biogas (biomethane/RNG) made from biodegradable waste to replace natural gas as a bus fuel for its operations in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area during 2017.
Following a competitive bidding process for an environmental bonus, biogas was selected by Helsinki Region Transport (HSL) for Helsinki region bus services. Using renewable natural gas will cut carbon dioxide emissions by an annual total of 1,367 tonnes, based annual consumption of 600,000 kg of biogas by 22 buses. This corresponds to the emissions generated by driving a gasoline-fueled car for approximately 11 million kilometres.
The annual total of energy supplied under the biogas agreement will be around 8 GWh.
“This is not the first successful entry of biogas in HSL’s competitive biddings for the environmental bonus, which is proof of this renewable and 100% Finnish fuel being a cost-effective way to reduce emissions. It makes sense to use various types of biodegradable waste for the energy-efficient production of biogas and use it as a clean road vehicle fuel,” says Gasum Business Development Manager for Biogas Jussi Vainikka.
Gasum biogas is a Finnish biofuel that is produced from fully renewable raw materials. Biogas is a versatile energy source sold for use as a road vehicle fuel, to industry, service providers, heat and power production as well as homes and restaurants using gas cookers. Biogas has been awarded the Nordic Ecolabel and road fuel biogas also the Made in Finland Key Flag Symbol.