Photo: Gasum.

Source: Gasum press release.

Part of K Group, Onninen serves technical wholesale business customers and makes deliveries to customers in Greater Helsinki and the Uusimaa region using two new biogas-powered trucks. These low-emission, biogas-powered trucks are operated by Timecap Oy.

It is now possible to come across biogas-powered trucks delivering goods to Onninen customers in Greater Helsinki and the Uusimaa region. Onninen is part of K Group and part of a model example of the circular economy. The biogas used to refuel the new fleet comes from Gasum’s biogas plant where renewable fuel is produced among other things from inedible food waste from K stores.

The biogas-powered trucks are operated by Timecap Oy in transports to Onninen customers and their building sites. This is the first time in Finland that biogas-powered vehicles are being used in goods deliveries to building sites. Timecap specializes in transport services tailored to customer needs.

“Circular economy solutions are at the heart of our sustainability strategy and the use of biogas-powered trucks in logistics is an excellent example of this. Cleaner transports are again one step in the development of our distribution and logistics services that we are constantly taking in a more climate friendly direction. We believe that our customers are also pleased with this decision since by reducing our own carbon footprint, we can also help them to reach their own emissions reduction ambitions,” says Samuli Pohjonen Transport Manager at Onninen.

Onninen has already used an e-truck in deliveries in Greater Helsinki and in the summer an e-cargobike for customer deliveries in the Helsinki Region.

 

Lower carbon footprint through long-term cooperation

Cleaner transports are part of Kesko’s and Gasum’s long-tern development work aimed at supporting Kesko’s responsibility ambitions and reducing the company’s carbon footprint. Kesko’s and Onninen’s objective is to reach carbon neutrality by 2025. Emissions are being systematically reduced so that the company’s own operations and transports will be entirely emission-free by 2030.

“Being part of the circular economy is one of the most effective ways to take a leap towards a carbon-neutral future. Switching to heavy-duty vehicles using biogas allows rapid, cost-effective reductions both in carbon dioxide and local emissions. Climate goals set at the national and EU level are strongly guiding future investments and it’s encouraging to see companies introducing low-emission fuels and gas-powered vehicles as an opportunity to create value for customers and society alike,” says Juha-Matti Koskinen, Sales Manager, Traffic, at Gasum.

Biogas is made from organic waste, such as household and company biowaste, sludges and other side streams, and is suitable as a transport fuel or for industrial use. In road use, biogas can help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90% compared to the well to wheel emissions from fossil fuels. In addition, use of biogas creates only a fraction of local emissions such as nitrogen oxides and particulates, which improves urban air quality. Gasum’s Nordic filling station network serving heavy-duty vehicles is continuously being expanded to allow increasingly more companies to switch to gas logistics.