A combination or clear climate targets and proactive companies are helping Sweden reduce the climate and environmental impact of the transport sector. The Fossil Free Sweden government initiative, together with Scania, Volvo and many other energy and transport players, has identified five arenas where Sweden can be the forerunner and inspirer for the rest of the world. On of those arenas is Liquid Biogas in Kalmar County.
The regional federation in Kalmar County conducts work in the liquid biogas arena, together with the energy office Sydost and Energigas Sweden: “Kalmar County has been working for a long time with biogas. We see new opportunities for liquid biogas in heavy transport. It is about regional development, in order to achieve our climate and environmental goals and to strengthen business,” says Ulf Nilsson, Chairman, Regional Federation of Kalmar County.
“If biogas is made liquid, it can be used in both heavy vehicles and ferries. It is important to develop the market. Therefore, the Energy Agency Sydost initiated a pilot study on liquid biogas for heavy transport. We created a regional gathering that has developed into a national arena, which we hope can inspire more investments in biogas,” says Hannele Johansson, Energy Agency Sydost, Operations Manager for Biogas South East.
“Sweden is a renewable predecessor with 86 percent biogas in the vehicle gas. For many years, we have built up unique expertise on biogas as a vehicle fuel, from production to use. The next step is to develop the markets for liquid biogas in heavy transport and industry. This is an important part of the national biogas strategy,” says Maria Malmkvist, CEO of Energigas Sweden.
“Sweden has unique conditions to drive the development of fossil-free road transport. Now it’s time to exchange the exciting projects that take place around the country to be exported. So Sweden can be a permanent world exhibition for fossil-free transport solutions,” says Svante Axelsson, National Coordinator for Fossil Free Sweden.
Sweden will be fossil free and business is a major part of the solution. In nine roadmaps for fossil-free competitiveness, different industries present their own plans to become fossil-free with increased competitiveness and employment, as well as the challenges and opportunities that they see along the way. The roadmaps will be handed over to Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and Climate Minister Isabella Lövin in Rosenbad on April 25.
Fossil Free Sweden now has 350 signed participants. “The scope of the Fossilfree Sweden project is unique in the world, and the commitment of the industries and companies is impressive. Together, roadmaps give a clear picture of what opportunities exist, but also where there are obstacles and knots that need to be solved by politicians and business together,” Axelsson added.
Although initiated by Fossil Free Sweden, each roadmap have been developed and driven by nine industry sectors (e.g. haulage industry) in an open and inclusive process. They reveal what technical steps need to be taken, what policy decisions are needed and estimate costs for funding and investment purposes. They also demonstrate there is a business competitiveness to adopting a fossil free future.
Kalmar Biogas Buses
Last year, Scania sold 90 buses to Kalmar County, to Flexbuss and Bergkvarabuss, that were able to cover approximately 650 kilometres on one tank of fuel. Scania offers vehicles for all types of fuel, but Krister Thulin, head of Scania’s bus market sector emphasises the advantages of biogas:
“There are large differences between different generations of engine. Scania’s new gas engine can nearly compete with diesel engines: it has higher torque and is significantly more energy-efficient. We satisfy the Euro 6 standard with good margins. The fuel is locally produced and the biogas-fuelled buses have essentially zero emissions of carbon dioxide per person-kilometre.” he says.
Source: Adapted from press releases by Energigas and Linköping University.