In Sweden, a major part of the biomethane produced is used as vehicle fuel. Today 86 % of the CNG is in fact BioCNG i.e. biomethane, which also means that the refuelling stations constitute the main distribution infrastructure for biomethane. In the whole country there are approx. 170 refuelling stations for NGVs. Until lately South-East Sweden seemed to be a white spot on the biomethane map. Since the Biogas Action project started in January 2016, six new refuelling stations and three bus depots have been built in our three counties Blekinge, Kalmar and Kronoberg by two Biogas Sydost members, namely E.ON and Småländska Bränslen. Altogether there are now 14 refuelling stations and six bus depots in our 25 municipalities. Six more refuelling stations are planned.
Between 2011 and 2014, during the Biomethane Regions project, the regional biomethane network, Biogas Sydost, prepared a Regional Strategy and Action Plan for biomethane in the three counties Kalmar, Kronoberg and Blekinge together with their County Administrative Boards that are in charge of the regional climate targets. The strategy was sent for comments to all public stakeholders and many others. Comments were collected from 35 bodies which was a good amount, considering there are only 25 municipalities, three regions and three county councils. One of the targets that were agreed upon for each country was the number of refuelling stations. Most of the targets set have been implemented during the Biogas Action project.
For Blekinge, the goal is one refuelling station in each of the five municipalities. The County also agreed about a goal that the public bodies should make the establishment of refuelling stations possible by procurement of light vehicles and garbage trucks. Today, four of the five municipalities have a refuelling station and a fifth has received support from the Swedish Environmental Agency that supports investments in biomethane, especially production plants and refuelling stations. As soon as the number of cars is sufficient, a fifth refuelling station will be built.
Project outcomes in terms of BiogasAction’s performance indicators
When it comes to the development of the biomethane sector, many of the decisions are proceeded by discussions between the Biogas Sydost (Biogas Southeast) partners during the network meetings. A major part of the implementation of the actions included in the Regional Strategy and Action Plan has been implemented during the Biogas Action project. When it comes to the distribution of biomethane, the number is three bus depots, six refuelling stations and 8 new refuelling stations waiting to be built. All investments are made by Biogas Sydost members.
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