CNG Castleford

Biomethane producer CNG Fuels has opened its tenth HGV refuelling station in the UK, at Castleford in West Yorkshire.

The site can refuel up to 500 HGVs per day, and CNG Fuels claims it will cut 67,500 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually when compared to diesel when fully utilised – equivalent to the annual emissions of over 40,000 cars.

Most of the UK is already within a 300-mile round trip of a CNG Fuels biomethane refuelling station and the site will put Leeds, Hull, and Wakefield within its range, serving local and passing fleets using the M1, A1 and M18. The new station means that CNG Fuels can now refuel 5,000 HGVs across the UK daily.

Philip Fjeld, CEO of CNG Fuels, said: “Fleet operators around the world are urgently seeking ways to cut emissions from their fleets. In the UK, fleet operators can do so today by adopting biomethane. Our fast-growing network of refuelling infrastructure has made biomethane more accessible than ever before, and fleets – ranging from local hauliers through to major household brands – are dramatically cutting emissions every day. Our newest station in Castleford is building on our existing network, enabling low carbon deliveries all the way from Inverness to Cornwall.”

Aldi is the latest major brand to adopt bio-CNG HGVs and is among other household brands including Royal Mail, Waitrose, and Warburtons to use the new site.

Liz Fox, UK national corporate responsibility director at Aldi, said: “Aldi is committed to reducing our carbon footprint, and adopting bio-CNG HGVs is another step forward in our plans to cut emissions from our UK fleets. CNG Fuels’ latest station in Castleford opens the door to major transport networks into the North East, and their growing network will only continue to extend the number of low carbon deliveries that we can make across the country every day.”

Renewable biomethane is derived from food waste and manure. Demand for the fuel from fleet operators is growing at around 100% per annum, according to CNG Fuels, and it forecasts around 10% of the UK’s high-mileage HGV fleet will run on bio-CNG by 2025.

The company plans to have 20 large public access stations in operation by the end of 2023, with sites in Newton Aycliffe and Corby entering the construction phase at the end of July 2022.

Last year the company announced plans to host hydrogen fuel trials across its sites to ensure stations are ready to support a multi-fuel future as different technologies develop and become commercially viable. The first hydrogen trails are due to begin this year and by 2025, CNG Fuels plans to allocate 100 acres of its land to public access hydrogen refuelling.