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Sustainable East Midlands case study: Roadgas is helping to decarbonise transport with biogas

The Chamber has launched the Sustainable East Midlands campaign. As part of our mission to highlight businesses already engaging with the sustainability agenda, Dan Robinson explores how Roadgas is helping to drive the decarbonisation of transport.

One of the biggest drives towards sustainability is happening in transport – prompting Roadgas to pivot its business.

Since forming in 2007, the Nottingham-based business has supplied gaseous fuels to logistics firms and fleet managers. But a leadership change two years led to the firm zoning in on green fuels such as biogas, a green gas naturally produced from the decomposition of organic waste.

One of its headline projects was installing the biomethane refuelling stations for Nottingham City Transport, which has built the world’s largest biogas-powered, double-deck fleet.

In its first two years, the 120 new buses reduced carbon emissions by 84% and saved 70 tonnes of nitrogen oxide from entering the atmosphere.

Marketing director Becky Rix, one of nine people in the company, says: “There’s a lot going on in this industry in terms of decarbonisation and it’s an exciting place to be.

“The business is very different from how it looked three years ago and the new focus on alternative fuels has helped us to survive and thrive because there’s been huge growth for these fuels in the transport industry.”

There are numerous drivers for change, including the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation – which requires transport fuel suppliers to replace fossil fuels with renewables – and the UK's drive to Net Zero 2050, which lays down the carbon budgets for sectors like heat, electricity and transport in order to meet emissions reduction targets.

About 700 lorries on UK roads are powered fully by gas, with companies including John Lewis, Ocado, Royal Mail, B&M, Kuehne + Nagel and Asda among those using green gas in a portion of their fleets.

Becky, whose firm is also developing a range of hydrogen products in anticipation of the future market direction, adds: “We’re not talking about technology that’s being tested, but something that’s already in the marketplace. A lot of companies have gas in their fleets now because their businesses are being driven by a sustainability programme, helping to deliver a green recovery.”

This article featured in the November issue of Business Network magazine, which is a special sustainability edition. To read an online version of the magazine, click here.

To find out more about the campaign, visit www.emc-dnl.co.uk/sustainability.