The Danish energy concern Nature Energy has entered into an agreement with the German car manufacturer Audi. They will deliver green biogas certificates to approximately 10,000 Audis in Europe.
– We are incredibly proud to enter into an agreement with one of the world’s largest car manufacturers. It is a seal of approval to the change in strategy we initiated in 2012, where we started building large-scale biogas plants. Today we run four large plants and we are about to build an additional three. We also plan to build another 10 plants in the future, says the CEO at Nature Energy, Ole Hvelplund.
Nature Energy produces biogas based on waste and sludge. This means that the biogas is second-generation biofuel, which does not use food as raw material. As a result, there is a greater reduction in CO2 emissions – actually more than 100 per cent as biogas prevents the emission of methane in agriculture while repressing fossil fuel and petrol when applied in cars. This is one of the reasons why Audi has chosen to buy its biogas from Nature Energy.
More biogas-fueled vechicles in Europe
Several municipalities in Denmark use biogas as fuel in local busses, garbage trucks and cars used for home care. Over the last few years, municipalities such as Fredericia, Skive and Copenhagen have chosen to replace diesel and petrol-fuelled vehicles with biogas ones.
There is a similar tendency in the rest of Europe with more than 2 million gas-fuelled vehicles currently driving around.
More and more people are turning their attention to the benefits of using biogas for transport, and Denmark has a unique opportunity to become one of Europe’s leading biogas suppliers. There is currently more than two million gas-fuelled cars in Europe, and by replacing patrol and diesel fuel with green biogas, we can reduce our CO2-emissions in the transport sector significantly, says Ole Hvelplund.
The new agreement will run from 2017 to 2019.