The development is the result of the partnership with Gasum
Gasum is aiming to construct biogas fuel service stations in conjunction with the IKEA stores in Finland, with the first fuel service station to be opened at the Espoo store in late 2017. The first IKEA units in the world to get biogas filling stations will be the Finnish IKEA stores.
“Our partnership with IKEA Finland is a great example of comprehensive circular-economy cooperation benefiting all those involved,” said Jukka Metsälä, Vice President, Biogas, Gasum. “The opening of fuel service stations in conjunction with the stores will improve access to a cleaner road fuel among consumers as well as logistics operators. Environmentally friendly biogas is beyond compare as a road fuel – it’s 100% renewable, local and inexpensive. I believe our cooperation now launched will lay the foundation for a long-term partnership supporting the rapid development of the gas vehicle market.”
A tremendous opportunity is provided to enterprises by the circular economy to fuel their vehicles with biogas produced from their own biowaste. The cooperation enables the future utilization of biogas in IKEA Finland’s own operations as well as by its transport partners, in addition to the use of biowaste from the IKEA restaurants as feedstock in biogas production and the opening of fuel service stations in conjunction with IKEA stores.
Country Sustainability Manager Tiina Suvanto, IKEA Finland said, “The fuel service stations will improve our partners’ capacities for fleet renewal through a switch to environmentally friendly biogas. Our aim is also to gradually replace the cars used by IKEA Finland’s personnel as well as the IKEA buses with vehicles running on environmentally friendly fuel.”
Four new biogas fuel service stations have been opened by Gasum this year. Of the 36 gas fuel service stations in Finland, 24 are operated by Gasum. PWKD28092017