CNG Fuels has opened Scotland’s first public access biomethane refuelling station.

The new station, located next to to the busiest transport route in Scotland between Edinburgh and Glasgow, puts Inverness and Aberdeen within range of CNG Fuels’ low carbon refuelling network for the first time.

The site can refuel up to 450 lorries per day with renewable and sustainable biomethane sourced from food waste, cutting carbon emissions by 90% and reducing lifetime vehicle cost by 30%-40% compared to diesel.

Waitrose, Hermes and Warburtons are some of the UK brands to switch from diesel to renewable biomethane to cut haulage emissions. HGVs account for 16% of UK transport emissions, maintains CNG and 4.8% of total greenhouse gas emissions in Scotland, making it a key sector to decarbonise.

The new station will cut 70,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year when fully used.

Glasgow and Scotland were at the centre of the world debate on climate change during COP26, injecting urgency into the global push to tackle the climate crisis,” said CNG Fuels CEO, Philip Fjeld.

“Our new station, just outside Glasgow, is an example of real-world action on climate, unlocking low carbon deliveries across the busiest transport routes in Scotland and supporting the country to meet its emissions reduction targets.

“Renewable biomethane is the cleanest, most cost-effective solution for HGVs available today. Our growing network of refuelling stations gives fleets across the country the confidence to significantly cut emissions from transport, today.”

Demand for renewable biomethane has increased by 1,000% in the last five years, notes CNG, as brands seek to reduce emissions in line with the UK’s net zero plans. The trend is due to continue, with demand forecast to increase five-fold in the next five years as the UK government’s 2040 ban on the sale of new diesel HGVs, announced last month, approaches.

The new station, located at the Eurocentral industrial estate off the M8 near Bellshill, will support local Scottish fleets as well as brands making low-carbon deliveries from England to Scotland. The station is also located within proximity of two HGV dealerships – Scania and IVECO – which are among the manufacturers of biomethane-ready HGVs.

The Bellshill station is the latest in CNG Fuels’ UK-wide network of refuelling stations, which puts most of Britain within a 300-mile round trip of a refuelling site. Some seven stations are already operational with plans to open up to 14 more by 2023, including the world’s largest in Avonmouth near Bristol, by the end of 2022.

The opening of the new station comes weeks after the company announced plans to host hydrogen fuel trials across its expanding UK-wide network.

First hydrogen trials are due to begin next year and by 2025, CNG Fuels plans to allocate 100 acres of its land to public access hydrogen refuelling.