CNG Avonmouth

An aerial view of the new filling station

CNG Fuels has opened what it claims is the world’s largest public access biomethane refuelling station, in Avonmouth, near Bristol.

Located near the M4/M5 junction just outside Bristol, the site is capable of refuelling 80 HGVs per hour from 14 high-speed dispensers.

The company claims that when fully utilised, the station will cut 70,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year by taking diesel HGVs off the road.

The site is part of CNG Fuels’ nationwide network of eight renewable biomethane refuelling stations enabling low carbon deliveries from Cornwall as far north as Inverness. The company is aiming to build 12 additional stations each year to cater for growing demand.

CNG Fuels reports that demand for renewable biomethane has increased by 1,000% over the last five years as companies seek to cut haulage emissions in line with the UK’s net zero strategy.

The new station is close to existing customers, such as Royal Mail, Warburtons and Amazon. Lidl is the latest brand to convert its fleets to renewable biomethane.

Jason Wild, distribution and recycling consultant of Lidl, said: “We are committed to reducing our environmental impact across our entire operations and switching our fleets over to renewable biomethane instead of diesel is a crucial step. CNG Fuels’ new station in Avonmouth is a key location to allow us to make low-carbon deliveries across the South West.”

John Dinham, owner of John Dinham Transport, said: “Running our fleets on 100% renewable biomethane is a win-win for our business and for our customers. It has been a huge selling point for us, especially among our bigger corporate customers who have pledged to reduce their carbon footprint. We are committed to significantly reducing emissions from our fleets and renewable biomethane is the perfect solution to enable us to do so now.

“We have more biomethane trucks on order and the new site in Avonmouth puts the world’s largest biomethane refuelling station on our doorstep, making it easier than ever to refuel our fleet with Bio-CNG. As our fuel supplier, CNG Fuels’ service is second to none, they have made us feel very comfortable about investing in bio-CNG technology.”

Philip Fjeld, CEO of CNG Fuels, said: “Brands across the country are under more and more pressure to cut emissions from fleets and renewable biomethane is the only commercially viable solution on the market today. We are continuing to see high increases in demand and with the recent news of the 2040 ban on new diesel HGV’s, we expect the pace of demand to continue.

“We are rapidly expanding our nationwide network of refuelling stations, ensuring sites are strategically located across major trucking routes to make them as accessible as possible. The new site in Avonmouth is in a key location for many of our customers, allowing them to expand the reach of their low carbon deliveries into the South West and Wales. In addition to our expanding network, we are also preparing for a multiple fuel future to ensure that when new technologies emerge, the infrastructure will already be in place to cater to demand.”

Last year the company announced plans to host hydrogen fuel trials across its network to ensure stations are already to support a multi-fuel future. The first hydrogen trials are due to begin this year and by 2025, CNG Fuels plans to allocate 100 acres of its land to public access hydrogen refuelling.