The Swedish Gas Association (Energigas Sverige) reports that never before has the proportion of biomethane in national vehicle gas been as high as in the first six months of 2015. According to official Swedish statistics for the first six months of 2015, the proportion of biomethane in fuel sales is now 73 percent, a historically high level and evidence of rising demand. The biomethane percentage has risen in recent years, from around 60 percent.
“The high proportion of biomethane makes Sweden a pioneer and shows that the green transition is fully possible”, says Anders Mathiasson, managing director at the Swedish Gas Association.
In the first six months about 80 million standard cubic meters vehicle gas was sold which is a slight increase compared to the first half of 2014. The figure corresponds to more than 800 GWh or 61 000 tons of CNG. More biomethane in the vehicles’ gas means more reduction of carbon dioxide emissions.
In the last 15 years, the Swedish market for natural gas fuel has grown steadily. The number of CNG vehicles in the country is now over 52,000. Mathiasson comments that of particular interest right now is the market for gas-powered buses and heavy trucks as well as several new gas car models recently launched by, among others, Volvo.
Statistics on the number of CNG vehicles, sold vehicle gas and gas filling stations from 1995 onwards are available in Swedish at www.gasbilen.se/Att-tanka-pa-miljon/Fordonsgas-i-siffror/ForsaljningPerManad.
(Source: Swedish Gas Association)