Gasrec calls for more natural gas refuelling sites

As demand for natural gas powered vehicles is forecast to rocket, commercial property developers have been criticised by natural gas supplier Gasrec for not preparing for new natural gas refuelling sites on new-build and existing logistics parks.

According to Gasrec, there will be 39,000 natural gas powered HGVs on UK roads within eight years. These will often be filled from mains natural gas supplies, and logistics parks are the obvious choice for fuelling. Infrastructure needs putting in place to meet demand.

Gasrec chief commercial officer James Westcott said: “Growing numbers of commercial vehicle operators, including supermarkets, parcels carriers and logistics fleets, are turning to natural gas to reduce their carbon footprint and meet the government’s voluntary target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from HGVs by 15 per cent by 2025.”

Westcott said that to meet this demand refuelling infrastructure in the UK must grow, and Gasrec was “actively seeking development opportunities” in locations close to where the biggest commercial vehicle fleets are based.

“When we talk to developers we typically find natural gas refuelling is not even on their radar; but the potential is huge. Adding an open-access gas refuelling station will dramatically increase the attractiveness of a site, both to potential occupants and the local planning authority.”

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