Vekka Group’s biogas-powered buses introduced in Hämeenlinna, Finland – Annual public transport emissions to be reduced by almost 500 tonnes

Six new biogas buses will be introduced in public transport in Hämeenlinna, Finland. The new Vekka Group buses will help reduce the city’s public transport emissions by almost 500 tonnes per year. The buses support the City of Hämeenlinna objective of increasing the use of sustainable transport and alternative fuels.

The six new biogas-powered buses of Vekka Group Oy (Hämeenlinnan bussiliikenne) will start service in Hämeenlinna at the end of August 2020. Supplied by Scania Finland, the buses will operate in the city’s public transport services 1, 3 and 11, the contract for which was awarded to the Vekka Group in competitive tendering last year.

The biogas buses now taken into use will cover more than 500,000 km each year. Using biogas as their fuel will help cut their annual carbon dioxide emissions by almost 500 tonnes. In terms of kilometres driven by, for example, a diesel-fueled estate car, this equates 1,100 times all the way up and down Finland from Hanko to Utsjoki and back.

Low local emissions reduce urban pollution

The transport use of biogas can help reduce fuel lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90%. In addition, biogas use only generates a fraction of local emissions such as nitrogen oxide and fine particulate emissions compared with conventional fuels. It is also important to note that using gas vehicles enables compliance with the EU Clean Vehicles Directive in public transport.

”It’s great that we’re able to offer cleaner public transport for people in Hämeenlinna. As far as we know, we’re the first and only bus company using environmentally friendly fuel forms in the area. It’s important for us to take environmental considerations into account in our investments in the future, too,” says Vekka Group CEO Tomi Vasiljev.

”It’s been great to see in recent years how well the gas vehicles supplied by us have performed. All of our customers have been pleased with their purchases without any exceptions. Gas-powered vehicles have many superior characteristics that currently make them a highly viable option when considering the investment specifically from the environmental, lifecycle emissions and overall economic perspectives. Gas vehicle technology is reliable, the vehicles are quiet and gas buses provide excellent passenger comfort in urban traffic,” says Scania Finland Oy Key Account Manager Ilkka Korpela.

Buses supporting City of Hämeenlinna strategy

Using biogas buses in Hämeenlinna public transport is an excellent match to the City of Hämeenlinna resource wisdom objective. The objective also includes increasing the use of sustainable transport and alternative fuels, which is also reflected in competitive tendering relating to public transport.

”It’s been a pleasure to cooperate with the Vekka Group, and it’s great to find that interest in gas-powered buses is clearly on the increase. Among the renewable fuels, biogas is one of the most economical options for public transport emission reductions,” says Gasum Sales Manager Ville Sipponen.

Demand for gas in the Hämeenlinna area has been increasing rapidly in recent years as regards passenger cars and heavy-duty vehicles alike. Gasum has responded to this demand by increasing the service capacity of Hämeenlinna’s Tiiriö filling station through the installation of a larger gas storage unit and an additional compressor.

Low-emission biogas is produced at Gasum biogas plants in accordance with circular-economy principles from biodegradable waste such as household biowaste, food waste from grocery stores and municipal sewage sludge.

For more information please contact:

Ville Sipponen, Sales Manager, Traffic, Gasum Ltd
Phone: +358 400 818 202, ville.sipponen(a)gasum.com

Tomi Vasiljev, CEO, Vekka Group Oy
Phone: +358 45 2286 335, tomi.vasiljev(a)vekkagroup.fi

Ilkka Korpela, Key Account Manager, Buses, Scania Finland Oy
Phone: +358 50 308 8530, ilkka.korpela(a)scania.fi

The energy company Gasum is a Nordic gas sector and energy market expert. Gasum offers cleaner energy and energy market expert services for industry and for combined heat and power production as well as cleaner fuel solutions for road and maritime transport. The company helps its customers to reduce their own carbon footprint as well as that of their customers. Together with its partners, Gasum promotes development towards a carbon-neutral future on land and at sea. The Gasum Group has around 350 employees in Finland, Norway and Sweden. The company’s revenue totaled €1,128 million in 2019. Gasum is owned by the State of Finland. www.gasum.com  

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The six new biogas-powered buses of Vekka Group Oy (Hämeenlinnan bussiliikenne) will start service in Hämeenlinna at the end of August 2020. Supplied by Scania Finland, the buses will operate in the city’s public transport services 1, 3 and 11, the contract for which was awarded to the Vekka Group in competitive tendering last year.
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The biogas buses now taken into in Hämeenlinna use will cover more than 500,000 km each year. Using biogas as their fuel will help cut their annual carbon dioxide emissions by almost 500 tonnes.
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It’s great that we’re able to offer cleaner public transport for people in Hämeenlinna. As far as we know, we’re the first and only bus company using environmentally friendly fuel forms in the area. It’s important for us to take environmental considerations into account in our investments in the future
says Vekka Group CEO Tomi Vasiljev