Sweden’s Vehicles Use More Biogas in 2009

| Sweden | Source: Swedish Gas Association

Renewable biogas now 65% of total vehicle fuels used

At the end of 2009 there were over 23,000 gas vehicles in Sweden and 104 public filling stations, reports Gasforeningen, the Swedish Gas Association. Vehicle fuel sales during 2009 amounted to more than 67 million cubic meters, an increase of 16 percent compared to 2008. The share of biomethane in vehicles’ gas has also grown, recording an increase¬† over 2008 of 27 percent. Vehicle gas replaced petrol and diesel equivalent to 45 000 passenger cars in 2009,¬† resulting in approximately 130 000 tonnes less carbon dioxide being released.

Biogas has in recent years come to represent an increasing volume of total natural gas fuel sales in Sweden, with the renewable fuel now at 65% of all CNG sold. The growth has triggered responsibility for collection of NGV statistics to be switched from the Gasforeningen to the government’s Energy Agency — the statistical authority responsible for the supply and use of energy, energy balances, and price trends in the energy field.