The Netherlands’ first bio-liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant has produced its one millionth kilogram of the renewable fuel, hitting a milestone that has so far seen the facility provide about four million kilometres of sustainable transport with heavy-duty trucks.

Having opened in Amsterdam in October 2021, the plant – operated by Nordsol, Renewi, and Shell – produces 3.4 kilotonnes (kt) of bio-LNG per year and capture 6.3 kt of biogenic carbon dioxide (CO2). 

Although LNG is a cleaner alternative to conventional natural gas, bio-LNG is fully renewable and – well-to-wheel – the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions balance can even be negative, depending on feedstock and production method. 

Considered a key element of a sustainable and circular economy, bio-LNG reduces the CO2 emissions produced by vehicles, reduces the engine sound, lowers the emission of nitrogen oxide, and emits less particular matter. 

Several notable developments have been announced over the past twelve month in the bio-LNG sectors, including gas supply company Gasrec expanding its bio-LNG fleet by 300% and UK-based logistics specialist Gregory Distribution (Gregory) increasing the number of bio-LNG powered Volvo trucks to 35. 

For the Dutch plant, Nordsol produces the sustainable biogas from organic waste from supermarkets, collected by Renewi before it undergoes processing to be distributed by Shell at LNG service stations throughout the country.