We’re exploring how cleaner, greener fuels can support the future of UK industry. This is not just a question of carbon emissions – it’s also about the impact on air quality for our children. 

Reducing harmful emissions from larger vehicles 

We believe that gas should be the fuel of choice for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) and buses in the UK to support CO2 reductions and achieve cleaner air in our cities.

HGVs account for 15% of greenhouse gas emissions from UK transport. A strategic switch from diesel to green gas will have a significant impact on UK Government’s commitment to reduce emissions by 100% by 2050.

All the HGVs in our own operational fleet are powered by renewable biomethane. By using this fuel, we expect to avoid more than 5,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year.

We’re developing our fleet of operational vehicles to support greener fuels such as compressed natural gas (CNG) and electricity. In our North London network, we plan to make every one of the 1,100 vans used by our emergency engineers zero emission by 2026.

We’ve put considerable investment into scoping the options for decarbonising HGVs, buses and trains. This includes publication of our HyMotion report, as well as ongoing work with the National Physical Laboratory, and associated research partners, on understanding the challenge of managing the purity of hydrogen supplied to Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles using the UK’s gas network.  If we can achieve this, we can unlock a zero carbon future for HGVs which will run on hydrogen fuel cells instead of diesel. 

Supporting a gas refuelling infrastructure

We are proud partners of CNG Fuels, and are supporting them to connect more and more CNG refuelling stations to the gas grid, so fleet operators can benefit from the carbon reductions of using gas to power heavy transport. We supported the development of the Warrington refuelling station, Europe’s largest refuelling station for low carbon biomethane in trucks.

This journey began when we invested in CNG Fuels’ development of the first commercial high-pressure CNG refuelling station, connected to our high-pressure local transmission system at Leyland, Lancashire. Watch the short video below to hear the people behind the Leyland CNG refuelling station tell us their story. 

We’re expanding our efforts by working with companies such as Air Liquide and other CNG station developers to deliver their ambitious program of refuelling stations. 

What is biomethane?

Biomethane is a renewable gas. It is made from biodegradable matter such as food waste, sewage or energy crops. It has a key role to play in a low carbon economy as a direct substitute for natural gas to fuel heat, power and transport. Biomethane is a 100% renewable energy source, which can help us achieve massive carbon emissions reductions and cleaner air.

We help biomethane producers get connected to our gas network, as part of our ongoing efforts to create a sustainable future for the gas industry.

What is CNG?

Compressed natural gas is made when natural gas, mostly methane, is compressed to less than 1% of the volume it occupies at standard atmospheric pressure. It is stored at high pressure and is a practical alternative to diesel and petrol for heavy goods vehicles and buses.