Change through Bio-LNG: Gartner KG’s candid view of the challenges and successes brought about by the alternative fuel from Rolande

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Discover the inspiring success story of Gartner KG, a pioneer in “sustainable transportation” in the logistics industry. Since the beginning of 2023, the family-owned company has been using 100 percent bio-LNG from Rolande, saving an impressive 780 tons of CO2 annually. Gartner KG sets an example for a greener future in logistics – inspiring and pioneering for the entire industry.

In an interview with Lars Kück, Business Development Germany at Gartner, you can learn all about the decision to drastically reduce CO2 emissions by switching to bio-LNG. The transition from LNG to bio-LNG, the advantages and disadvantages, and the financial challenges of using bio-LNG are discussed. Are you interested in how Gartner views the future regarding bio-LNG and how they experience the partnership with Rolande? You can read about that here.

First of all: The decision for LNG and later bio-LNG was based on Gartner KG’s ambition to minimize its own CO2 emissions. Find out why and how the company uses 10 LNG trucks as mega-tractor units for more transport volume with the same fuel consumption and switched to the bio-version of the alternative fuel in the spring of 2023.

“LNG was the only real working diesel alternative for us at the beginning,” explains Lars Kück. “You can buy an electrically powered truck, but, for example, in the winter months, you will always have a problem with range.”

The later transition from LNG to bio-LNG brought not only more environmental benefits to Gartner KG but also even higher fuel efficiency. Learn how the company provides climate-neutral transport services despite monetary challenges and, in return, observes positive marketing effects. This is advantageous both financially and with regard to the development of the transport industry.

“The biggest effect of using bio-LNG is the significant reduction of our CO2 emissions,” emphasizes Lars Kück. “Using a CO2 calculator, we were able to determine in advance how much CO2 we would save by using a truck powered exclusively by bio-LNG compared to a diesel truck: about 90 percent!”

However, he openly, honestly, and transparently talks about the disadvantages and financial challenges associated with bio-LNG. “One disadvantage is that an LNG truck is about 25 to 35 percent more expensive to purchase than a diesel model,” says Lars Kück. “Another disadvantage is the toll costs: For diesel trucks, the toll has almost doubled since December 1, 2023. We now have over an 80 percent increase in toll costs in Germany.”

Nevertheless, Gartner KG recommends other transport companies, especially those with larger fleets, to consider bio-LNG as an alternative fuel. “To hauliers who are already using LNG, I would say: Think about bio-LNG! You can refuel it anywhere, and it saves 90 percent CO2, that’s a fact,” says Lars Kück. “We have also found that more and more customers value a freight forwarder being low in CO2 emissions.”

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