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LNG and BioLNG for Road

Discover how switching from conventional diesel to liquified natural gas (LNG) or bioLNG can help your road freight business become carbon neutral and lower costs, without risking overall performance.

Decarbonising the Road Freight Industry

The road freight industry accounts for approximately 9% of global carbon dioxide emissions, meaning that talk of decarbonisation is both warranted and necessary.1 However, that doesn’t make it a simple issue to fix, and companies will require a mosaic of solutions to reduce their environmental impact without sacrificing business growth.

Benefits of LNG for the Road Freight Industry

  • Engine noise reduction

    Using Shell LNG can help reduce engine noise by up to 50% when compared to heavy-duty diesel engines, contributing to improved driver wellbeing and vehicle use in noise abatement zones.2

  • Cleaner burning

    Shell LNG can help reduce the “well-to-wheel” greenhouse gas emissions from heavy-duty trucks by up to 22% compared to conventional diesel today, with further reductions possible in the future.3

  • Engine performance

    Vehicles fuelled by Shell LNG provide equivalent driving range, engine power and performance to diesel-fuelled, heavy-duty vehicles.

  • Driver benefits

    By using Shell LNG as their fuel of choice, drivers are actively contributing to decarbonisation and can benefit from new skill sets associated with LNG fuelling practices.

  • Safety

    When managed properly, LNG does not pose any greater risks than other fuels that are regularly loaded and transported by heavy-duty vehicles.

Shell forecourt with LNG Refuelling

Proven Experience & Expertise

Shell’s climate target

Our LNG and bioLNG offerings form part of Shell’s wider energy transition strategy to become a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050, in step with society’s progress towards the goal of the UN Paris Agreement on climate change.

In the road freight sector, Shell works with transport companies, truck manufacturers and policymakers to identify pathways to decarbonisation. Road freight businesses can contribute to the industry’s sustainability drive by:

  • Exploring cleaner burning fuels like LNG
  • Switching to Shell’s portfolio of carbon neutral lubricants
  • Compensating unavoidable emissions by supporting nature-based solutions projects

Strategic station designs

Part of this journey will require the industry to further build out its network of refuelling infrastructure for cleaner burning fuels. Shell’s expansion plan is to grow 80 sites in Europe by the end of 2022 along main international transport corridors.

Shell LNG stations are then designed using the Liquid Nitrogen (LIN) cooling system to prevent venting of methane to the atmosphere. And each station provides LNG at the optimal pressure and temperature for both spark-ignition (SI) and high-pressure direct injection (HDMI) trucks.

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Operational support

The overall Shell LNG Card acceptance network is set to grow to more than 100 sites in Europe – making it one of the leading card offers on the market. Drivers can track their fuel purchases as easily as they can refuel, through the integrated Shell online portal.

Step-by-step instructions on the refuelling process are available in 12 different languages, as part of our Shell LNG Refuelling video series.

Or alternatively, you can speak in-person to your own dedicated account manager to receive the local market expertise that can help you navigate any unexpected bumps in the road.

1 International Energy Agency (2020), CO2 emission by sector, World 1990-2018; International Energy Agency (2020), CO2 emission 1) industry, 2) transport and 3) heavy duty vehicles in sustainable development scenario 2000-2030; Deloitte Analysis.

2A truck running on an LNG gas engine will produce noise levels at 72dB(A), equal to a normal car. An average diesel-powered truck will produce 82 dB(A). To give in idea of how significant that reduction is: every 3dB(A) reduction in noise halves the intensity of the sound (because sound is scientifically measured on a logarithmic scale).

3 “Well-to-wheel” greenhouse gas emission reductions are based on current ISO 9001 standards for analysis and EPA & GREET emissions values. “Greenhouse gas emissions” includes CO2, methane and N20.

Shell LNG & BioLNG Milestones

Shell’s LNG and BioLNG journey is still underway, but several notable milestones have already been achieved. Explore our interactive timeline to see how far LNG has come and what’s around the next bend.

Shell LNG & BioLNG Timeline

  • We opened the 50th LNG station in Schwabhausen!

    LNG network - We have 50 Shell LNG branded sites in 7 countries and  143 sites in 8 countries accepting Shell LNG card  with third party network.

  • 48 Shell branded sites stations across 7 different countries

    Set up network of over 150 sites accepting the Shell LNG card with other third parties.

    • More bioLNG supplies are being negotiated to increase bioLNG offering in Europe
  • Shell BioLNG in the Netherlands

    Shell is the first fuel provider to offer a blend of bioLNG to ALL customers that refuel in any Shell LNG station in the Netherlands, allowing approx. 30% of CO2e reduction

  • Shell begins construction of Germany's largest bioLNG plant

    • Shell has started the construction of its bioLNG plant in Godorf, Germany and aim  by Q3 2023,  to offer bioLNG to the entire German network, targeting carbon neutrality. This Plant unlocks potential for greenhouse gas reductions of up to one million tonnes of CO2 in long-distance road freight transport
  • Shell LNG and BioLNG milestones

    • Shell LNG in numbers: Since start in 2017 until Dec 2021, refuelling with LNG has saved *81,800 tons CO2 eq. which is equivalent to the emissions of around 76 million kilometres driven in a diesel truck or 1,900 times around the earth
    • Only in 2021 Shell LNG saved 49,200t GHG emissions, equivalent to 100,800 tress that would need to be planted to store the equivalend CO2
  • Shell opens its first bioLNG plant in Europe

    Together with Nordsol and Renewi, Shell opens the first bioLNG plant in Europe. Shell will be the first fuel provider to offer a blend bioLNG to the entire Dutch network, achieving higher CO2e savings (approx. 30% CO2eq). It is expected that the new plant will produce an estimated 3.4 kilotons of bioLNG per year, preventing the emission of more than 14.31 kilotons of fossil CO2. This is sufficient for 13 million on-road kilometers. This bioLNG plant is subsidised by the European Union, as part of its strategy to decarbonise the road transport.

  • Over 251,000 safe refuelling transactions

    This is 79 mln kg of LNG sold since the beginning of the operations. Refuelling with LNG has saved 69,364 tones CO2eq *, which is equivalent to the emissions of more than 22,600 one way trips from Warsaw to Madrid in a Diesel HDV truck or the emissions of driving 33.3 million kilometers with the same truck.

    *The “Greenhouse Gas Intensity of Natural Gas” study by Thinkstep for NGVA Europe (2017). For the comparison, the diesel Well-to-wheel (95.1 gCO2eq/MJ) taken from the above report comes from the Fuel Quality Directive (FQD)

  • 41 mln kg of LNG sold in the first three quarters of 2021 to the European market

    We sold more LNG in the first 2 quarters of 2021 than in the entire year of 2020

    * This calculation is based on the approximate carbon in the 'global average tree' of 20-cm diameter at breast height, per guidance from Shell Bio-Domain research team. This is based on ~3 trillion global tree count from (Crowther et al. 2015, https://www.nature.com/articles/nature14967), containing ~400 Gt of carbon from (Erb et al. 2017, https://www.nature.com/articles/nature25138).

    Note that the actual quantity of carbon stored in a specific tree is dependent on species, soil, climate, maturity, and other factors, which are not fully captured here.

    Fast Fact

    38,101 t CO₂eq saved, equivalent of more than 77,900 trees*

  • 35,673 tonnes of CO₂e saved through Shell LNG

    Equal to the emissions of more than 11,600 one-way trips from Warsaw to Madrid in a diesel heavy-duty vehicle

    Fast Fact

    574 customers served

  • Shell and Nordsol deal to produce bioLNG in the Netherlands

    Renewi, Nordsol and Shell start construction on the first bioLNG production plant in Amsterdam Westpoort. The new installation is set to produce 3kt of biomethane per annum from waste with a negative CO2 footprint. The entire LNG network in the Netherlands receives a blend of bioLNG, offering approximately 30% of CO2e reduction to all customers.

    Fast Fact

    BioLNG is made of organic waste like outdated supermarket food

  • 13 sites operating by end of year

    279 customers served and 10.5 million kg of LNG sold

  • BioLNG EuroNet agreement signed by Shell, Disa, CNHI, Scania and Nordsol

    Agreement to develop 39 sites, 2,000 trucks and 1 bioLNG, plant co-funded by the European Union

  • 1ˢᵗ Shell LNG site opens in Hamburg, Germany

    8 sites operating by end of year, with 3 million kg of LNG sold

Shell BioLNG Deep Dive

Derived from renewable resources, bioLNG can further reduce emissions for your road freight fleet, so you can pursue decarbonisation targets without losing sight of your business goals.

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The Shell LNG Card

Real cost savings

An LNG truck investment may be more expensive, but over time, they are cheaper to operate than heavy-duty diesel vehicles, meaning your fleet can make long-term savings for years to come.

To help with this, the Shell LNG Card allows you to reduce operating costs anywhere in the world, by:

  • Recovering tax and excising duty within 14 days via your personal Shell VAT advisor
  • Increasing your savings the more your international fleet uses the Shell LNG Card

Simple management

Once your fleet is set up to run on LNG, managing your Shell LNG Card account couldn’t be easier; the Shell Fleet Hub, our online fleet management portal, provides full visibility into the live status of your international fleet, through instant access to:

  • Fuel spend information
  • Centralised reporting
  • Simplified e-invoicing

And should you need to settle a matter in person, simply reach out to your own dedicated account manager. Shell Account Managers are local market experts, equipped with the information and tools you need to help your fleet run smoothly, no matter where it is located.

Advanced payment security

Finally, customer safety and security are paramount to Shell. To protect against potential fuel card payment issues, Shell offers an industry-leading range of anti-fraud measures, including:

  • Real-time fraud detection
  • Round-the-clock card blocking
  • A global team of anti-fraud experts

Protecting your safety, and the security of your fuel card payments, is our top priority, and our commitment to your fleet’s financial wellbeing is not limited by time or location – if you have an issue, contact our Account Managers.

Find your local Shell LNG Card offer

Whether it’s greater fuel savings, simpler fleet management or advanced payment security, discover how the Shell LNG Card and one of the largest station networks in the world, can help shift your international fleet up a gear.

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Shell LNG Network Expansion

From Spain to Turkey, explore one of the largest LNG refuelling networks in the world. Use the interactive map below to find your nearest Shell LNG station.

Shell LNG Customers

When you switch your fleet over to Shell LNG, it’s not just a quality fuel that you are choosing, but a high quality of service, too. See how our existing customers describe the benefits of working with Shell, from advanced visibility to advancing sustainability.

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Refuelling with LNG is safe, fast & easy

Considering the switch from diesel to Shell LNG? Make sure you understand the basics when it comes to refuelling. Once you do and your drivers follow the correct safety procedures, refuelling with LNG can be safe, fast and easy.

Shell BioLNG FAQ

Have questions about Shell BioLNG? From refuelling instructions to safety measures, discover the facts that matter and find the answers to the most commonly asked questions when it comes to bioLNG.

LNG News & Insights

The LNG refuelling network is constantly expanding and breakthroughs are occurring at a rapid pace, particularly regarding bioLNG. Whether you are an existing Shell LNG customer, or starting to consider switching from diesel, don’t miss the latest news and updates about LNG for the transport industry.