Flogas Enterprise and Circle K join forces to offer carbon neutral fuel for HGVs
The first fuelling stations to offer this renewable fuel are in Limerick, Cashel, Clonshaugh and Dublin Port
6 September 2023
Businesses across Ireland who use heavy good vehicles can, for the first time, purchase carbon neutral fuel called ‘BioCNG’ at select Circle K fuel stations nationwide for their CNG fleet.
It comes after Flogas Enterprise signed a contract with Circle K to supply biomethane which can be compressed into a renewable fuel known as BioCNG at its fuelling stations across Ireland. BioCNG is currently available in Ballysimon Road, Limerick, Cashel Co. Tipperary, and Clonshaugh and Dublin Port in county Dublin.
The move is another step forward in reducing emissions from Ireland’s transport industry – one of the most difficult industries to decarbonise.
“Ireland’s commercial transport fleet makes up just 3% of vehicles on the road nationwide yet is responsible for approximately a fifth of transport’s carbon emissions,” said Barry Murphy, commercial director of Flogas Enterprise. “Heavy Goods Vehicles or HGVs operating on 100% BioCNG can achieve significantly less carbon emissions.”
Murphy added that the move “comes at a timewhere we are observing an ever-increasing number of commercial fleets converting to CNG and BioCNG on a global scale.
“While electricity is a proven alternate fuel for cars, electric solutions are currently not a viable option in heavy goods vehicles, however CNG and BioCNG are, and are now being used by businesses throughout Europe,” he said. “We are excited to work with Circle K to support the decarbonisation of the transport network in Ireland, by offering this carbon neutral fuel to fleet operators in Ireland.”
“We estimate that since BioCNG has been available at the four Circle K outlets, almost 4,000 tonnes of carbon emissions, have been saved, that’s equivalent to over 40,000 carbon neutral kilometres,”said Brian Connolly, senior fuels manager, Circle K Ireland.
“Working with Flogas Enterprise, we began making a low carbon fuel alternative for commercial vehicles available with the introduction of compressed natural gas (CNG) in 2022. While CNG can reduce a HGV’s emissions by up to 22%, BioCNG can reduce a HGV’s emissions by almost 100%,” he added.
Circle K is the first public company to offer biomethane/BioCNG to the public at its stations. The biomethane is sourced at Green Gas Generation’s Anaerobic Digestion plant in Nurney, Co. Kildare. Meanwhile, Flogas Enterprise (part of DCC plc) was the first supplier in Ireland to supply biomethane through the gas network to companies like Tesco and Diageo.